In the last few years an essential part of our internet activities, the browser, has not seen many new features and functions besides the occasional tweak here and there. However, it seems that the company behind one the favorite internet-browsing tools of millions of people has launched Opera Neon.
The browser market has seen a lot more innovation from smaller companies who are trying to carve their own niche in the space dominated by a few major companies. However, companies like Opera are not going down without a fight as it recently unveiled its new experimental browser named Opera Neon.
The company was sold to a consortium of companies from China just last year and it seems that they are keen on shaking things up. Opera hopes to test out the waters for several features and design functions as it imagines the future of browsing without actually compromising their current product.
Most browsers look quite similar to one another, as they mostly include tabs, a most visited page or quick dial in case of Opera’s current product, the URL tab, and many other common functions. However, Opera Neon shakes things up as soon you open it. The developers have removed all traces of a conventional task or bookmarks bar but decided to keep the traditional URL bar much simplicity’s sake.
One major design feature of Opera Neon is the removal of the tab bar on top of the browser and replacing instead with a special bar on the right featuring bubbles with the main logo of the page it contains. The browser is able to automatically use your desktop wallpaper image and use it as background for its new tabs page.
Furthermore, for the sake of symmetry, the browser has a sidebar on the left which allows the user to control their video audio and video playback. It also shows your most recent downloads and it comes with a screenshotting tool. A useful feature integrated not in Windows but inside the browser itself is the option to place to tabs side-by-side for increased productivity. Users are able to easily navigate between its many feature thanks to its Blink engine.
Opera fans will likely want to see the company’s newest take on the speed dial. It keeps the same round bubble theme as the as the tab sidebar, but the saved pages come in larger sizes and they are spread in different formations around your screen.
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