Opera Crypto Browser Integrates MetaMask Ahead of Ethereum Merger


Opera Crypto Browser, a Web3 browser designed to work with a variety of decentralized applications (dApps), now supports third-party wallets such as Metamask.

The upgrade, which the Oslo-based company describes as “one of the most significant updates since its genesis”, comes ahead of Ethereumthe transition from proof of work (PoW) one-to-one less-power consensus algorithm proof of stake (PoS), which is expected to happen later this week.

“The upcoming merger is the most significant technology update in crypto history that will move Ethereum from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake, making it more scalable, secure, sustainable, and ready to use. by the general public. user,” said Susie Batt, head of crypto ecosystem at Opera, in an announcement shared with Decrypt.

According to Batt, Opera Crypto Browser “is the only browser truly ready for this change, and the only one offering web users all the tools they need to try out Web3 in a safe environment.”

The Opera Crypto browser is a standalone browser launched in January this year and works with the company’s traditional Web2 browser. Along with built-in support for dApps and a non-custodial crypto wallet, it also includes Crypto Corner, a dedicated access point for the latest industry news, pricing, important metrics such as gas fees and market sentiment, educational content and a calendar of upcoming events.

The mobile version of the Opera Crypto browser currently supports Bitcoinetherum, Polygon, BNB Chain, Celo, FIO, Near and Nervos and their respective tokens. Meanwhile, desktop version users can take advantage of native Bitcoin, Ethereum, BNB Chain, and Polygon integrations.

“Overall, Opera aims to accommodate as many crypto users as possible, which means integrating with a wide variety of blockchains and tokens – and that list will continue to grow over the coming weeks,” said Danny Yao, senior product manager at Opera. Decrypt.

Opera is rolling out a portfolio selector, domain handles, and more.

Integration of third-party wallets through a feature called Wallet Selector means that in addition to the browser’s native non-custodial wallet, users can also choose any wallet extension available in Google Chrome or Opera Store to interact with a dApp or a particular website.

The new wallet selector serves as an aggregator of various wallet extensions, automating the login process by remembering user preferences for different websites.

“The browser’s built-in switcher allows users to easily switch between different wallets through a simple user interface, but it doesn’t have access to private keys or passwords used in third-party extensions. This means Crypto Browser from Opera does not introduce any additional security risk on its own,” Yao said. Decrypt.

The latest version of the Opera Crypto browser also introduces support for human-readable wallet and domain handles provided by services such as Yat, the universal emoji username creator, FIO, as well as Ethereum name service (ENS).

Additionally, the project has partnered with DappRadar, a popular platform that allows users to track, analyze, and discover dApps. This collaboration gives the Opera Crypto Browser user access to all important metrics for over 11,000 dApps across 48 protocols and in different categories, including NFTs, games, and DeFi.

“The integration of DappRadar’s rich and reliable data into Opera’s Crypto Browser brings a major improvement to Web3 users, providing them with a seamless, understandable and convenient solution for mobile and desktop users,” Yao commented.

The popular Binance Smart Chain (BSC) yield-generating app, PancakeSwap, has also been integrated into the Crypto Browser and is available in its native crypto wallet. This integration allows users to trade tokens directly from the wallet without needing to log in to an external dApp first.

On the security front, the latest update also introduces a phishing detection feature which aims to protect users against hacks and phishing. This is achieved by blocking blacklisted phishing sites as well as adding a clipboard protection feature, which as the company says will ensure that the copied wallet addresses or account numbers are the same as those that are glued.

In the coming weeks, Opera Crypto Browser will also introduce a malicious address checker to ensure users are interacting with trusted smart contracts and not being scammed.

“This additional security feature helps Crypto Browser users to check, for example, whether a smart contract is present on a special blacklist or whether malicious functions are coded, i.e. it has already been reported as scam, rug pull, fake or malicious smart contract, and so on in the past,” Yao explained.

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