We may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article at no cost to you, though all opinions are our own. For more information, please read our ethics statement. Please note that pricing and availability are subject to change.
Opera Software, a Norwegian software company, today released the early access version of its completely redesigned browser, Opera One, that’s set to launch for all platforms later this year. Designed with plenty of open space for future generative AI features and extensions in its sidebar and address bar, Opera One has a cleaner look compared to its previous version.
The Opera team implemented a new multithreaded compositor and new modular design principles to enable a fresh batch of features, including “tab islands.” The browser can automatically and intuitively group websites people open based on their content. Opera One will open all pages with menus and restaurant details on one island, and all tabs with Google Docs in another. This is to reduce confusion and make it easier to jump between tasks, whether for work or personal use. Opera conducted research and found that users get overwhelmed by the number of tabs they have open and wish their browsers could do more for them. Tab islands are Opera’s answer to this problem.
While the browser was designed with the capability to create tab islands on its own, users can manually group pages as well. They can drag and drop tabs between islands or create a new one by pressing the CTRL or Command button and clicking on the websites they want to group before right-clicking on the “create a tab island” option. Opera considers tab islands as the first manifestation of its modular design strategy with their distinguishable island borders and color markets. We can expect more similarly designed features in the future.
In addition to tab islands, Opera One comes with ChatGPT, ChatSonic, and AI Prompts enabled by default. The company introduced sidebar integration for AI chatbots back in March, allowing users to quickly launch them in a separate window within the browser. The AI Prompts feature suggests different ways people can use chatbots to transform the text on a page. For example, turning a chunk of text into a soap opera dialogue or extracting information from it to create quiz questions.
Opera One’s focus on generative AI features is one of the browser’s significant advantages over its competitors. The browser is now available for download from Opera Software’s website, and users can experience its cleaner look, modular design, and intuitive tab islands for themselves.