The Future of Web Browsing? Opera One Launches with Native AI

By Greg Tavarez July 10, 2023

Opera, a web browser that was developed by Norwegian software company Opera Software (News - Alert), has introduced several pioneering features that set it apart from other web browsers. One of its notable innovations is the introduction of tabbed browsing, allowing users to open multiple websites in a single window. This feature has since become a standard in almost all modern web browsers.

Opera also introduced an integrated email client, a news reader, and a BitTorrent (News - Alert) client within the browser, offering users a comprehensive online experience without relying on external applications. With the likes of the Chromium open-source project being embraced by Opera, the web browser always seems to evolve and adapt to changing user needs.

Now, Opera is making another bold move, adapting to user needs through generative AI. Since earlier this year, Opera has dabbled in the generative AI space to provide its users with a reimagined browsing experience that boosts their productivity and creativity through various ways of interacting with browser AI.

Opera One, coming with an integrated browser AI named Aria (News - Alert), is officially out of testing and ready for download.

Aria, developed in collaboration with OpenAI, offers expanded capabilities and is available for free to Opera One users. Powered by Opera's Composer AI engine and connected to OpenAI's GPT, Aria serves as a web and browser expert, assisting users in various tasks such as finding information, generating text or code, and answering product queries. Aria also utilizes AI Prompts, allowing users to receive contextual prompts by right-clicking or highlighting text.

Opera One users can access Aria through a new command line by using the ctrl+/ (Win) or cmd+/ keyboard shortcut. They can ask Aria questions and interact with its responses in the sidebar or continue browsing.

Opera's AI services are user-controlled, meaning users can choose to opt into them or not. To use Aria, users need to open the browser AI in the sidebar and log in or sign up for a free Opera account.

"As people who obsess over browser innovation, we saw fit to rethink the role of the browser in light of the recent developments in the AI space,” said Joanna Czajka, Product Director at Opera. “As opposed to other browser companies, Opera didn't simply add AI services to its browser. We went back to the drawing board and redesigned our flagship browser.”

Opera One also introduced Tab Islands as a significant feature that transforms the behavior of tabs in the browser. Traditional tab management in web browsers has not evolved much and fails to cater to the diverse ways in which people utilize the internet. Existing tab designs make it challenging to switch between sets of tasks, and users often feel overwhelmed by the cluttered nature of their tabs, desiring better management options.

Tab Islands in Opera One addresses these challenges by grouping related tabs together based on context. This intuitive approach organizes tabs without requiring users to change their habits or think about it actively. Users gain flexibility in interacting with their tabs by keeping different browsing contexts separate, moving tabs around, collapsing islands for later use, and saving them into bookmarks or pinboards.

For example, when planning a trip and researching hotels and routes, the tabs related to that context will stay together in a dedicated tab island. Similarly, if users have multiple Google (News - Alert) Docs for work, those documents will automatically receive their own tab island. With the creation of tab islands as users browse, Opera One provides an easy way to distinguish between different topics and switch between them seamlessly.

Available for download, Opera One is the beginning of a new evolution cycle for the flagship Opera browser with many more AI-centric updates that will enhance the users web experience planned for later this year.

Edited by Alex Passett
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