The blockchain-ready Opera Touch browser for iOS is available for download starting today. This release follows Opera’s addition of Crypto Wallet support on Android and PC and means that Opera is now Web 3-ready across all major platforms.
Oslo – The award-winning Opera Touch browser for iOS now features crypto wallet integration and Web 3 support. This completes Opera’s efforts to offer Web 3-ready browsers with built-in Crypto Wallet on Android, Windows, Mac, Linux and now iOS. Opera Touch for iOS lets users seamlessly interact with the next generation of Web 3 applications on the Ethereum blockchain.
Ethereum is a popular and quickly growing protocol that allows people to make transactions and enables developers to create decentralized apps (dApps) which provide practical use of this technology. Opera supports all ERC-20 tokens, stablecoins and non-fungible tokens (NFT).
Opera Touch for iOS with Crypto Wallet, like the Opera browser for Android, supports the Ethereum Web3 API, making interacting with dApps seamless to the user without the need for browser extensions.
“We believe that all modern browsers should integrate a crypto wallet. This will enable new business models to emerge on the web. Opera is the first browser to make using crypto on the Web seamless and easy. Following a strong demand from the crypto-community, we are now making this experience available on iOS,” said Charles Hamel, Head of Crypto at Opera browsers.
Web 3 : The internet of value
Web 3 is an umbrella term for a set of emerging technologies intersecting cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed systems that, together, extend the capabilities of the Web we all use today in meaningful ways, allowing for example direct peer-to-peer payments between users and websites.
Opera believes that the Web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow (Web 3). With built-in Crypto Wallet, the browser has the potential to renew and extend its important role as a tool to access information, make transactions online and manage users’ online identities in a way that gives them more control.
Bringing cryptocurrencies and Web 3 to the mainstream
Web 3 still faces many challenges before it can reach wider adoption. These barriers range from users’ understanding of new terminology, to difficulties in acquiring cryptocurrency and complicated installation procedures.
“Before Opera entered the cryptocurrency scene almost a year ago, using cryptocurrencies online and accessing Web 3 required special apps or extensions, which made it difficult for people to even try it out. Our browsers remove that friction.” added Charles Hamel.
For the release, Opera has partnered with a new and exciting dApp, Marble.Cards.
Marble.Cards turns web pages into digital collectible cards. Almost any URL on the internet can be turned into a card, but only once. This means that every Marble card is unique. More specifically, these collectibles are non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the Ethereum blockchain. This means if you secure a potentially interesting URL and turn it into a Marble card, you’ll be able to play with it, trade it or sell it as you wish. You can also buy Marble cards created by others. The dApp will be accessible via the built-in share feature, and visible in the dApp explorer on the browser’s speed dial, allowing users to create unique Marble cards from urls of their choice.
“At Marble.Cards, we want to let people create unique and personal digital cards based on anything from the internet” said Johan Unger at Marble.Cards. “Opera has set a new standard for browsers with its Web 3 support, and we are thrilled to be featured as part of their iOS release. We hope as many people as possible will set out to create new Marble cards.”
Opera Touch comes with a set of handy features and great design
Opera Touch is an innovative web browser with a user interface built around ease of use on smartphones with large displays, with the navigation moved to the bottom of the screen. Opera Touch comes with a set of useful features including the “My Flow” function which lets people share websites and notes with themselves across multiple devices.
After the connection between Touch and your PC browser has been established, the adaptive home screen will display recent tabs from the computer.
Opera Touch is beautiful
Opera Touch features two themes, dark and light, and cutting-edge design visible throughout the app. The recently-introduced private mode gives people more privacy on the Web. Meanwhile, the useful cookie dialog blocker lets users remove annoying cookie prompts that prevent them from directly accessing content on the Web.
You can read more about Opera Touch here.
How to get started
To try out the new web of tomorrow, users first have to download Opera Touch from the Apple App store (on Apple devices). In order to start making actual Web 3 transactions, they also need to purchase some Ethereum cryptocurrency (ETH) and store it in their Opera Crypto Wallet.
Once the cryptocurrency is stored, users can access a selection of Web 3 apps in the dApp (decentralized application) store, accessible from the browser’s speed dial.
Development in progress
Opera launched its first Web 3-ready browser in December, 2018 on Android. In April, 2019, the Norwegian company introduced Web 3 support to its popular PC browser.
Founded in 1995 in Norway, Opera delivers browsers and AI-driven digital content discovery solutions to more than 350 million people worldwide. The quickly growing company remains one of the most innovative browser creators in the world. Opera is listed on Nasdaq under the OPRA ticker symbol.