How Opera Neon envisions future of the Web browser

Posted by John Onwuegbu | January 16, 2017 |

Opera Software introduced an experimental desktop browser for Windows and Mac, Neon, that re-imagined how a modern browser should work and feel. While Opera Neon isn’t an update to the mainline browser, Opera, it's intended to serve as an exploration of browser design alternative.

Neon uses the same Blink rendering engine forked from WebKit and currently used by Google Chrome, and also Opera, but it's actual implementation is visually more appealing.

Albeit, Neon’s changes are hugely cosmetic, it offers a different type of browser experience to users with a clutter-free display of web contents.

Opera Neon borrowed lots of the Opera browser features you know and love — but, there are some key features left-out such as native ad-blocker, VPN and the ability to add extensions.

It's appearance is far different from any other browser; completely doing away with taskbar or bookmarks that are common to all the browsers.

Neon start page copies your desktop wallpaper, giving you a window that looks like your desktop, and in place of your desktop files and apps are circular bookmarks, or bubble tabs, and a vertical right hand tab bar that functions as a visual tab.

Opera describes these as artificial intelligence since, “Like gravity, frequently used tabs will float to the top, while less important tabs will sink to the bottom.”

The highlighting feature of Opera Neon, however remains its split-screen mode that is able to display two tabs side-by-side, for browsing two pages at a time.

For now, Neon remains a concept browser – an experimental project that envisions the future of web browsers similar to the way concept cars predict the future of automobiles, according to Krystian Kolondra, SVP of engineering at Opera.