Opera Software ASA has recently launched a new web-browser called Opera Neon.
Opera Neon comes with an altogether different visual style which sets it apart from other browsers. Opera Neon does away with Tabs and introduces Bubbles for stacking the opened pages.
The browser also comes with tools for taking Screenshots and storing them for dragging into other pages or online apps like Messenger.
The Tabs, or rather the Bubbles, are responsive and make browsing more interactive by allowing the user to drag and set the Bubbles and customize the bookmarks.
The browser is being called a “concept browser” meaning that it will take some time before it can be considered as one to be able to replace your daily-use browser.
This new concept of using interactive bubbles to do away with tabs and make browsers more soothing to the eye seems promising. The browser also uses the default desktop wallpaper and makes browsing more immersive into the usual desktop view – thus, making it more of a web desktop, than a web browser.
The browser’s UI seemed quite smooth on first use. The page loads were lagging a bit, but the overall experience was really great. The interactive angle to it makes using it more fun.
However, given the fact that this is still a ‘concept browser’ and is yet to take on the competitors, the actual arrival time of a fully-functional version is still uncertain.
According to the Opera blogpost,
“Like the Opera browser, Opera Neon is built on top of the Blink engine, but unlike any other browser, Opera Neon has been built from scratch to bring you cool effects and animations without slowing down your experience.”
It also has a split-screen mode which allows you to view and interact with two pages at once.
While the fact remains that it is still a concept browser and not yet suitable for full-time browsing needs, the features are quite alluring to make it worth the wait.
Opera has announced that it will incorporate some of Neon’s best features into Opera as early as spring 2017.