Opera Eyes Polygon for Next Mobile Wallet Integration

The Norwegian browser developer plans to support transactions in Polygon’s MATIC from Q1 2022.

Dec 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Dec 22, 2021 at 2:33 p.m. UTC

Browser developer Opera plans to add Polygon to its native digital wallet early next year, a move that would extend the Norwegian company’s reach into a popular Ethereum layer 2.

The debut lines up Polygon, an Ethereum scaling solution, as Opera’s first supported layer 2 token. MATIC is the gas for Polygon’s Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)-compatible ecosystem of 3,000 decentralized applications, including trading, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and lending. Being in Opera’s native wallet lineup means users will have more seamless access to that realm.

Not every Opera user will have that functionality starting in the first quarter, a press release said. The limited rollout will begin with its Android mobile user base. Two years ago Opera estimated that pool was around 80 million monthly active users.

But the door is open for a broader release to Opera’s full audience of 380 million, a figure from August. An Opera representative told CoinDesk through Polygon spokespeople that integrations “typically” begin with the Android app before branching out to iOS and desktop.

“This was also the development path for our crypto wallet,” the Opera spokesperson said.

Separately, Opera has said that it will add wallet support for Solana in the first quarter.

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