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Opera will integrate the Polygon blockchain into its Web3 browser and its built-in Android crypto wallet in Q1 2022. This integration will allow Opera users to access over 3000 dApps on the Polygon network.
Users will be able to access some of the largest decentralized apps including Sushiswap, Curve, Aave, Balancer, Kyber, as well as blockchain games and NFT platforms such as Decentraland, OpenSea, Sandbox, Somnium Space and Decentral Games.
Opera’s non-storage crypto wallet already supports the Ethereum Web3 API, making it easier for the user to interact with these dApps. However, the adoption of Web3 crypto wallets has been hampered by high gas charges.
Polygon, the scaling solution for Ethereum, completely solves the problem of high transaction costs. MATIC is the gas for Polygon’s Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatible ecosystem of 3,000 decentralized applications including trading, non-fungible tokens (NFT) and lending. Opera’s own line of wallets means that users will have more seamless access to this area.
The press release says that not every Opera user will have this feature starting in the first quarter. The limited rollout will start with the Android mobile user base. Two years ago, Opera estimated this pool at about 80 million monthly active users.
But the door is open for a wider release for Opera’s total audience of 380 million, as of August. A company spokesperson said the integration “usually” starts with an Android app and then extends to iOS and the desktop.
“This has also been the development path for our cryptocurrency wallet,” he added.
Separately, Opera said it will add wallet support for Solana in the first quarter.
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