Opera – a web browser that supports web 3.0 – recently announced a browser integration with Polygon. It will offer Opera users in-browser access to over 3000 dApps on the network.
Polygon Dapps on Opera
Opera revealed its most recent partnership in a press release on its site earlier today. The browser – which features a built-crypto wallet that uses Ethereum’s web 3.0 API – allows users to transact in Polygon’s native currency MATIC. It also eliminates passwords, helping remove barriers to entry for crypto newcomers. `
Polygon was created as a layer-2 scaling solution for the Ethereum network, which is currently plagued by unsustainably high fees. Vitalik Buterin has admitted that such solutions are required to scale the network’s functionality, especially around NFTs. Polygon hosts a vast number of both NFT and gaming dApps to assist with this.
“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.,” said Jørgen Arnesen, Opera EVP Mobile.
Opera users will be able to access dApps including Sushiswap, Curve, Aave, Balancer, and Kyber, alongside blockchain-based NFT games/platforms like Decentraland, Opensea, Sandbox, Somnium Space, and Decentral Games.
Polygon will start by being integrated into Opera’s Android browser, relying on Android’s system lock to securely sign transactions. The integration is planned for Q1 of next year.
Opera announced a similar partnership with Solana earlier this month, with which browser users will also have access to Solana dApps. Its non-custodial wallet supports multiple other cryptos too, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tron, and Celo.
The web 3.0 platform is proving a fierce competitor to Brave, the reigning king of crypto browsers. Unlike Brave, Opera has opted not to develop its own cryptocurrency (BAT), nor its own blockchain.
The premise of such browsers is to provide a decentralized, blockchain-based layer for interacting on the web. The current internet is governed by powerful websites that serve as a single point of failure, and have full power to censor content that other users publish on their platform. Web 3 projects aim to fix that.
Not all are convinced of this concept, however. Jack Dorsey recently argued that Web 3.0 is a farce, which is ultimately centralized and controlled by VCs and limited partners.