Opera has launched its "Web 3-ready" browser for Android, with integration of the cryptographic portfolio, support for Ethereum (ETH) and interactions with decentralized applications (DApps). The launch was announced at the Hard Fork Decentralized event in London on December 13, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph.
Charles Hamel, product manager of Opera Crypto, stressed that the new product aims to remove the "frictions" involved in the use of online cryptocurrencies and in the access to Web 3 through special apps or extensions, in an attempt to make the most "mainstream" emerging technologies ".
Hamel explained the choice made by Opera to support Ethereum and the Ethereum Web3 API based on the perception that the protocol "has the largest developer community that builds Dapps" and a significant "momentum" behind it.
Krystian Kolondra, executive vice president of Browsers at Opera, said the move is an attempt to "speed up the transition of cryptocurrencies from speculation and investment to being used for real payments and transactions in our users' daily lives", with Hamel he adds:
"[Opera] to believe[s] all browsers will eventually integrate a sort of portfolio, which will allow new business models to emerge on the web. "
Opera announced for the first time that it will integrate an integrated cryptographic portfolio for its desktop browser at the beginning of August, having launched a mobile cryptographic portfolio as part of its Android beta for Android in July. In September, the company released an interoperable "Labs" beta version for Android with an integrated portfolio, Web 3.0 and DApp functionality.
"Web 3.0" is a term that was initially coined to refer to the ambition for the development of a semantic Internet, and is increasingly used to refer to the evolution of a smarter, open and distributed Internet, which it could involve the use of blockchain, decentralized calculation and cryptocurrency.
As previously reported, Opera has partnered with Ledger Capital, a consulting firm and financial blockchain in September, to explore possible blockchain applications through its products and the ecosystem.