Opera Announces A New Browser That Is Social Media Focused

Opera is thinking ahead

Opera reborn

Opera is one company that usually churns out different browsers every other day and they continuously update their existing ones with features that you don’t find other companies offering on their browsers. They are at it once again and this new browser is an amalgamation of their existing browsers.

The new browser is code-named Reborn and Opera has reasons why they gave it such a name. Earlier this year, Opera released Opera Neon which was a concept browser that revealed what the company thought the future browsers would be like. Now, Opera has brought some of the features from Neon into Reborn.

Opera Reborn’s headlining feature is allowing you to seamlessly use your favourite chatting apps without needing extensions. “One of its novelties is the ability to seamlessly hop between discovering new content and chatting with friends,” Opera said in the post.

Opera has included Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram onto the browser where you only need to tap on their icons to use them. There are two ways of interacting with the feature when you login: You can pin it side by side with your current tab or open it as an overlay. You can also use shortcuts to access multiple messengers, CTRL + SHIFT + m on Windows and Linux and ⌘ + ⇧ + m on MacOS.

They have also added more control over ad blocking. Opera integrated an adblocking tool to their browsers (desktop and mobile) and on Reborn, there are improvements. Now Opera will reload a page when you toggle ad blocking on or off, saving you the hustle of doing the refresh.

Opera Reborn will also use the GPUs on your Windows laptops so that they can decode videos efficiently. They have also added in-form warnings to sensitive pages (where you need to add your credit card information for example) especially if they are not in HTTPS.

Other features of the browser include new ‘cool’ backgrounds and it is available in two colour themes: dark and light. You can manage these settings in the browser settings.

Check out the new browser on Windows, MacOS and on Linux.

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