When it comes to desktop browsers, Chrome still remains King — even on the Mac OS. I guess Opera woke up one day and started looking for ways to change that.
The result of that decision is Opera Neon, a concept browser that DOESN’T look like any browser you’ve ever used. Opera Neon isn’t replacing the Opera browser, instead, it re-imagines what a browser can be and do. So, let’s just call it the future of browsing, shall we? Of course, I couldn’t wait to try it out, downloaded the app, which is about 63MB in size and waited to be dazzled by Opera. The first thing I noticed was the logo change, you get a green futuristic icon.
Next thing – and boy was I impressed with this – is the fact that Opera Neon integrates your desktop background, making it look like you are still on your desktop page.
When you first boot up Opera Neon, you’ll see a number of quick links and bookmarks that are presented as a collection of bubbles. These are positioned underneath a URL/search bar.
Tabs are presented as circular bubbles, just like the messenger chat heads, which makes finding them easier.
It also solves the problem of losing something important in a sea of tabs (Side eye Chrome).
The taskbar is removed from the equation, with basic controls shunted to the sidebar. Jumping over to the left sidebar, the first icon takes you back to the main page so you can enter another URL or search to open a new tab.
Beneath that, we have a tray that holds all of our currently playing videos.
It’s here that we can use Opera Neon’s pop-out video feature, allowing you to keep a video from another tab, the video will float above the webpage you’re currently looking at. One cool thing is that you can resize the video panel to get a perfect size
The next two icons in the left sidebar work together. The first is the Snap-to-Crop tool, which allows you to quickly take screenshots. However, one distinct advantage is that Snap-to-Crop allows you to scroll, letting you capture a full snapshot of a web page with ease.
Once you’ve captured your image, it’ll be saved in Opera Neon’s gallery, which is accessed by clicking on the next icon in the left sidebar. In here, you’ll be able to view the image you just snapped, as well as open it in a tab to save it in an easier to find location – screenshots, by default, are saved to your AppData folder.
Finally, we have a tab in the left sidebar dedicated to downloads. Unlike Chrome’s download menu, Opera’s Neon gives you a small preview of what the download is, which means you can find the download you need at a glance.
Another thing that really impressed me with the Opera Neon is its split screen mode. With this, you can view two web pages at once, plus you can drag to adjust the size of each window right there in the browser, or close one to make the other full-screen.
SOME SETBACKS I NOTICED:
For now, the real complaints I have is that there isn’t any obvious way to save bookmarks (You can only drag the icons to the homepage). No support for plugins as well. Lastly, I wish Opera had prompted me to import my history and bookmarks from Chrome, unfortunately, it didn’t, but when I clicked on the ‘import settings’ in the menu, I noticed that you can only import your history from Firefox, no Chrome or Safari.
Was all of these a turn-off?
OPERA, for once, has really impressed me. Truth be told, this is one browser that can tempt me to quit Chrome and I’ll keep using Opera Neon to see if my opinions change.
Anyone here tried it yet, your thoughts? If you haven’t, you can find a download here. (It only works on Mac and Windows OS).
P.S. Can’t wait to see what Chrome has in store after this.
Chrome be like: