Norwegian-based internet company Opera has finally released its highly promised browser for iOS devices dubbed Opera Touch this Wednesday. The new browser ships with an integrated Ethereum wallet and capabilities to support Ethereum-based tokens and decentralized applications (dApps).
In a press release published on Wednesday, June 26th, the company stated that:
“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.”
The release of the iOS version of the Opera Touch browser marks the conclusions of the launch of the browser for all platforms as stated above which includes Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android (whose browser was released back in late 2018) and now iOS.
The company touts the browser as being a “web 3” supporting browser which means that the browser will be able to run decentralized applications built for the decentralized web. So far only applications built on the Ethereum blockchain are supported which include the ERC-20 tokens as well as non-fungible tokens based on the less-popular ERC-721 tokens.
As part of the launch, the browser has partnered with an NFT token based on the ERC-721 standard called Marble Cards. The application turns any online web page into a digital collectible by tokenizing it. Users will be able to turn any web-page into a collectible card only once.
“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,”
the press release stated adding that:
“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.”
Opera’s Head of Crypto Charles Hamel believes that all modern browsers should integrate cryptocurrency browser. The digital and virtual asset economy is taking over and users are slowly building a need to have a browser that they can use to store their ‘property’.
“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 strong demand from the crypto-community, we are now making this experience available on iOS,” he said.