Watch out, Opera fans, big news is coming. Opera has unveiled Opera One, the early access version of a completely redesigned future browser that will replace the current Opera on Windows, MacOS and Linux later this year. With a modular design, Opera One offers a more fluid and intuitive browsing experience for the user.
For starters, one of the highlights of Opera One is its “tab islands” feature, which Opera defines as “a new, more intuitive way to interact and manage multiple tabs”.
With this feature, the new Opera One would be able to automatically and intuitively group the websites that users open based on content, according to Opera’s statement. In this way, the user would have, for example, an island with websites about videogames, another one about lofi music and another one with documents.
With these new tab islands, the new Opera would try to reduce user confusion and create a simpler experience when jumping from one task to another. According to research by Carnegie Mellon University, users often feel overwhelmed by the large number of tabs they have and want their browsers to “make their lives easier”.
In addition, Opera One becomes, after this announcement, the first major Chromium-based browser with a multithreaded compositor, which offers a faster and smoother user interface. In addition to its modular design, this new architecture allows for easy implementation of new features and helps differentiate the browser from other Chromium-based browsers.
Finally, Opera One will also incorporate several generative AI features into the browser, which will be located in its sidebar (like Microsoft Edge and the new Bing) and in the address bar. At launch, Opera One features ChatGPT and ChatSonic integration, as well as a new feature known as AI Prompts. All of these will be enabled by default. In addition, Opera plans to launch new AI services in the future.
A major facelift that completely updates a browser used by many people around the world and adds a number of features that will make everyday life easier for its users.
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