Oslo, Norway, and Dubai, UAE – Opera, the world’s first major mobile browser with web3 support and a built-in crypto wallet, today announces an upcoming browser integration with Polygon, an Ethereum scaling platform onboarding millions to web3. The integration is set to occur in Q1 2022 and will enable millions of Opera users in-browser access to over 3,000 decentralized apps (dapps) on the Polygon network. The Opera crypto wallet, which is built into the browser, will also allow them to transact with MATIC.
Opera’s integration of the Polygon blockchain and the MATIC token is the next step in the browser company’s strategy to remove hurdles associated with the use of crypto. With Ethereum gas fees surging to unsustainable levels, Polygon’s fast, scalable, and ultra-low fee environment has made it one of the most popular Layer 2 Ethereum scaling solutions among users and developers alike. Polygon houses substantially more gaming and NFT dapps than other chains outside of Ethereum.
“Our cooperation with Polygon will allow us to remove the biggest challenge that crypto-enthusiasts are now facing: high gas fees and slow transaction speeds. We are thrilled to give access to Polygon dApps and the MATIC token seamlessly and directly in our mobile browser,” said Jørgen Arnesen, Opera EVP Mobile.
Opera’s widely used and trusted browser will connect users with Polygon Network’s rich array of Ethereum Web3 Dapps. Opera’s non-custodial crypto wallet supports the Ethereum Web3 API, making interacting with these Dapps seamless to the user.
Opera users will be able to access Polygon bluechip dapps including Sushiswap, Curve, Aave, Balancer, Kyber, as well as blockchain games and NFT platforms such as Decentraland, Opensea, Sandbox, Somnium Space, and Decentral Games.
Arjun Kalsy, VP of Growth of Polygon, said: “With this integration, Opera’s hundreds of millions monthly active users will be able to experience Polygon’s thriving dapp ecosystem and best in class Web3 technology. Polygon started with the dream of enabling mass adoption of blockchain technology and we are delighted to work with partners aligned with the same vision.”
Polygon will be first integrated into Opera’s Android browser, which has native web3 browsing capabilities as well as a built-in, non-custodial crypto wallet. The Opera wallet removes barriers to entry for crypto newcomers and veterans alike by eliminating passwords. Instead, the wallet relies on Android’s secure system lock to sign transactions, so users aren’t required to remember passwords or codes.
Opera is a global web innovator with an engaged and growing base of hundreds of millions of monthly active users who seek a better internet experience. Building on over 25 years of innovation that started with browser products, Opera is now leveraging its brand and highly engaged user base in order to expand its business into new segments. Today, Opera offers users around the world a range of products and services that include PC and mobile browsers, the newsreader Opera News, and apps dedicated to gaming, crypto, e-commerce and classifieds. In 2018, Opera introduced the first browser with a built-in crypto wallet and web3 support. Opera is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (OPRA).
Polygon is the leading platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development. Its growing suite of products offers developers easy access to all major scaling and infrastructure solutions: L2 solutions (ZK Rollups and Optimistic Rollups), sidechains, hybrid solutions, stand-alone and enterprise chains, data availability solutions, and more. Polygon’s scaling solutions have seen widespread adoption with 3000+ applications hosted, 1B+ total transactions processed, ~100M+ unique user addresses, and $5B+ in assets secured.
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