Opera browser has been updated with new features and the most talked about one is their integration of messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Telegram which now have been baked right into their web browser.
Earlier this year the company had unveiled its Opera Neon concept browser, which the company defined as a browser for the future as well as upgraded its free VPN feature in its browser.
Codenamed Reborn, the new Opera browser enhances the connectivity while you’re online by integrating these social messengers right into the browser interface.
“This shift has come with smartphones, but desktops and laptops, while theoretically more powerful multitasking tools, have been left behind,” the company stated.
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The company aims to simplify and smoothen the process of exploring new things on the internet while communicating with your friends, family and colleagues.
Reborn is Inspired by Neon
Opera Neon was an experimental concept browser which was Opera’s attempt to predict what the future of web browsers behold.
Similar to Neon’s tabs which enabled seamless browsing, the Opera browser has been updated with smoother transitions between chats and other tabs used for browsing the internet.
Three services — WhatsApp, Messenger and Telegram — have been integrated into the browser, which can either be opened in an overlay or can be pinned side by side to the current tab.
Users can customise which of the chat messengers they want to enable in the sidebar via ‘customise start page’.
Other Upgrades to the Browser
The new browser has received two colour theme options — light and dark — and several new background wallpapers which can be customised via ‘customise start page’.
There are other cosmetic changes to the UI, making it more simple to use and looks refined.
Subtle animations for the sidebar icons, coupled with simplified tabs and a refreshed look makes the Opera browser more modern.
The most prominent animation is when you open the incognito window for private browsing.
Enhanced Ad Blocking Control
The new version of the browser also brings improvements to Opera’s ad blocking feature.
Now whenever an ad blocker as activated or deactivated for a page, Opera will reload the page.
“It’s especially useful if you want to quickly flip the switch, and it gives you much more control and comfort while browsing with ad blocker,” the company added.
You can also manage block lists that are loaded for the ad blocker. Easylist and EasyPrivacy are turned on by default and you can add other lists via ‘Manage Lists’.
Security and Performance Updates
Opera has added an in-form warning for pages which aren’t based on HTTPS. So whenever you fill your login credentials or financial information on a page which are not HTTPS a warning stating that ‘Login not secure’ or something similar will appear.
Apart from this, to enhance performance, the browser will be sending more videos to the GPU for decoding as GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) decode videos more efficiently.
Decoding video via a GPU also results in a higher framerates, higher resolution and lower battery consumption.