Opera recently released a new browser, Opera One, which is a browser designed for future AI functions, with a simpler interface and more sidebars and address bar extensions, and more robust performance. Opera One is scheduled to launch for all platforms later this year, and an early access version is already available for download.
The biggest feature of Opera One is the introduction of the concept of “tab islands”, which is a function that can automatically or manually group tabs according to web page content. For example, if a user opens multiple web pages with menus and restaurant details, Opera One will group them into one island; if a user opens multiple Google documents, Opera One will group them into another island. In this way, users can more easily switch between different tasks, whether it is work or personal matters.
Opera said that they conducted a survey and found that users are often bothered by the number of open tabs, and hope that the browser can do more for them. Tab islands are Opera’s solution to this problem. Opera also claims that the tab islands are the first manifestation of its modular design strategy, with clearly identifiable island boundaries and colour markings, and more similar features may appear in the future.
In addition to tab islands, Opera One also enables three AI features, ChatGPT, ChatSonic, and AI Prompts by default. these three functions are all AI chatbots launched by Opera in March of this year. Opera One integrates them in the sidebar, and users can quickly open a separate window inside the browser to use them. The AI Prompts function can also perform different conversions on the text on the web page according to the needs of the user, such as turning a piece of text into a soap opera dialogue or extracting information from the text to generate quizzes.