Opera has developed a unique prototype to revamp web browsing. The conceptual browser has been named Opera Neon and was released on January 12.
Opera says it is a concept browser – an experimental browser that envisions the future of web browsers similar to the way concept cars predict the future of automobiles.
Like the Opera browser, Opera Neon is built on top of the Blink engine.
Opera Neon includes a new start page that uses desktop wallpaper as its background, a sidebar with its own video player, image gallery and downloads manager, a vertical visual tab bar on the right side of the browser window that makes it easier to distinguish between tabs, a mechanism that automatically manages tabs such as gravity, frequently used tabs will float to the top, while the less important tabs will float to sink to the bottom.
The browser also supports new omnibox for top search engines and open search.
For web content, Opera Neon features a video pop-out that let users play videos while they browse other web pages, a snap-to-gallery that let users take snapshot and crop any part of a web page and save it to the gallery for later, and a split-screen mode which allow users interact and view with two pages at once.
However, there are some Opera browser features that have not been included, such as native ad-blocker, VPN and the ability to add extensions. “The reason for this is simply that Opera Neon is a concept browser, built for experimentation and play,” Opera said in blog post.