The new browser is based on the same engine as the company’s flagship Opera browser and is not yet fully ready to replace your internet browsers as the company maintains that it’s still a ‘concept’.
Still, in the concept stage, the Neon browser is a look into the future of internet browsing, and Opera’s current browser will be updated with few of its features soon.
“Web browsers of today are basically from the last millennium, a time when the web was full of documents and pages. With the Opera Neon project, we want to show people our vision for the future of the web,” said Krystian Kolondra, Head of Opera browser.
Opera’s Neon has quite an interactive homepage which feels fresh too. The homepage still houses the bookmark and top visited websites shortcuts; it overlays them as floating bubbles with the background same as your desktop wallpaper.
Opera’s Neon Houses Cool Features
The address bar is a simple line placed above these floating bubbles on the homepage. The website tabs don’t appear on the top, as is the case with all other browsers, rather they appear as circular bubbles on the right-hand side panel of the browser — which give an animation effect whenever you open or minimise a tab.
“Since its inception 20 years ago, the internet has become an essential part of our lives. Every day, billions of people access it using their favourite web browsers. But the internet keeps changing, and so must the browsers,” she added.
The left-hand side panel of the browser houses a series of tools. One of them enables screenshot capture of the web page and lets you view them too with another tool.
Another tool lets the user see all the downloads via the browser, and the ‘Player’ tool allows you to view all the songs and videos available across all the open tabs.
“In the past year, Opera has stepped up the game for browsers, introducing novel features such as free VPN and native ad-blocking, but the company has realised it’s now time for someone to challenge the browser industry properly,” Kolondra concluded.
One of the best features of the Neon is the split-screen browsing which enables users to drag the bubble tab on top an opened page and the browser will itself split the view into two — with adjustable sizes for the split tabs.
The browser feels a bit slow as of now, but as the company also seems unsure about it and doesn’t boast of it as if it’s a ready product, the Opera Neon sure looks like a product that could turn out to be promising in the future.