Celebrating World Browser Day 2023 with a look at Opera’s innovations over the past year

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It’s

October 16
DATE

again and that means it’s

World Browser Day
EVENT

2023! So let’s take a moment to look back at all the innovations and cool product updates that we’ve brought to you

this past year
DATE

.


Late 2022
DATE

:

TikTok
ORG

in the sidebar of Opera and Opera GX, plus improved image and video quality with

Lucid Mode
PRODUCT

(aka

RGX
PERSON

)


The end of 2022
DATE

was about making our browser more fun!

First
ORDINAL

,

Opera
ORG

and

Opera GX
PRODUCT

added

TikTok
ORG

to the browser sidebar, making it easier than ever to watch your favorite content while not losing track of your main browsing activity.

And then, just in time for

the holidays
DATE

, we also introduced

Lucid Mode
WORK_OF_ART

to the flagship

Opera
ORG

browser and

RGX
ORG

to

Opera GX
PRODUCT

. A video sharpening feature, Lucid Mode allows you to enjoy video content with crispness and clarity. It’s like having a crystal-clear window into your favorite shows and movies – no more pixelated faces or blurry images!


2023
DATE

: Opera adds free VPN to Opera for iOS, becoming the

first
ORDINAL

browser to bring coverage to all platforms

Security has always been a major concern for us at

Opera
ORG

, and so in

April
DATE

we extended our free VPN’s coverage to

Opera for iOS
WORK_OF_ART

– in the process becoming the

first
ORDINAL

browser to offer a free, built-in VPN on all platforms. Our VPN service requires no subscription, no logging into an account, and no additional extensions – all you have to do is flip a switch in the main menu and then browse in peace. A no-log service, our VPN does not collect any personal data or information related to your browsing history or originating network address. Your anonymity is therefore ensured anonymity, and you can take advantage of fast and secure access to virtual locations around the world.


2023
DATE

: Opera presents native browser AI


2023
DATE

has been all about generative AI so far – in the tech world writ large, and also for us here at

Opera
ORG

.

First
ORDINAL

we kicked off a collaboration with OpenAI – the maker of ChatGPT – and then we developed our own AI engine. All of this was a prelude to a big redesign of our mobile and desktop browsers, which let you interact with artificial intelligence in meaningful new ways – specifically via

Aria
PERSON

, our own native browser AI.

Unveiled in

May
DATE

,

Aria
PERSON

was a big new step in

Opera
ORG

’s adoption of AI services. Based on our own “

Composer
WORK_OF_ART

” infrastructure,

Aria
PERSON

connects to

OpenAI
ORG

’s

GPT
ORG

technology and is enhanced by additional capabilities – such as live results from the web.

Aria
PERSON

brings you access to a leading generative AI service free of charge. A web and a browser expert,

Aria
PERSON

lets you collaborate with AI while looking for information on the web, generating text or code, or getting your product queries answered. A customer support whiz,

Aria
PERSON

is knowledgeable about

Opera
ORG

’s entire database of support documentation and can use the company’s current product knowledge to answer your questions.

In the future

Aria
PERSON

can be expanded to connect to multiple

AI
ORG

models and integrate further capacities – such as search and

AI
ORG

services powered by

Opera
ORG

’s key partners. Central to our goals going forward,

Aria
PERSON

and AI services are a big sign of what’s to come.

A browser redesigned: presenting Opera One


This past spring
DATE

we took our

AI
ORG

strategy a step further by redesigning our flagship desktop browser to become AI-ready with

Opera One
ORG

, which natively integrates

Aria
PERSON

. This wasn’t just a facelift: it was a bold declaration that

AI
ORG

isn’t merely an addition, but a fundamental component of the browsing experience. With Opera One, you can seamlessly interact with AI through a brand-new command line, as well as through the browser sidebar and directly from websites with

AI Prompts
ORG

. Opera One also showcases a whole new way of working with tabs:

Tab Islands
GPE

.


Tab Islands
GPE

are an innovative feature that addresses the challenge of managing multiple tabs. They automatically group related tabs together based on context, so you have greater flexibility in tab management. Expandable or collapsible, your various

Tab Islands
GPE

grant you unrivaled organizational capabilities. So whether you’re planning a trip itinerary or working on multiple

Google Docs
ORG

,

Tab Islands
GPE

helps you stay on top of things.


Aria
PERSON

on the go


Aria
PERSON

has proven to be a big hit with

Opera
ORG

users already, surpassing

over one million
CARDINAL

users within

two months
DATE

of its launch. So we were keen to bring our browser AI to all of our major platforms –

first
ORDINAL

to

Android
ORG

in

June
DATE

, and then to iOS in

August
DATE

.

On mobile, you can initiate chats with

Aria
PERSON

via a small chat bubble. It’ll stay open when you open new tabs, making it easy for you to jump around and compare information without having to look for the

AI
ORG

feature tab in a browser – or opening a new app. So now you can harness all the power of AI while on the go, right from your pocket!

Chess.com Collaboration and a dedicated chess browser

In

September
DATE

, we partnered with

Chess.com
ORG

to put chess right into the browser. With custom builds for both desktop and mobile products, chess enthusiasts can now enjoy their favorite game wherever they are! In

Opera
ORG

’s desktop browser, a

Chess.com
ORG

icon now resides in the sidebar – so you can solve puzzles and battle your rivals while you browse the web. Opera for

Android
ORG

also got a chess-themed makeover, complete with chess-related articles, videos, and informational content.


Opera GX: Bringing Aria
WORK_OF_ART

to Gamers


A few years ago
DATE

we ventured into the gaming world with

Opera GX
PRODUCT

: a browser tailored for gamers which now has

more than 25 million
MONEY


monthly
DATE

active users. The integration of

Aria
PERSON

into

Opera GX
PRODUCT

opened up a new realm of possibilities for gamers: the

AI
ORG

can write you personalized character bios or serve up the latest seasonal updates of your favorite games. All of the gaming news, tips, and tricks are integrated right into the sidebar or accessible with the use of cmd + /.

In

October
DATE

we introduced some exciting new features to

Aria
PERSON

to help you get the most out of our browser AI.

First
ORDINAL

we focused on helping you get the most accurate responses to your queries. The “Reuse” feature, for example, allows you to create tailored responses by selecting elements from prior answers. Meanwhile the “Rephrase” feature lets you reshape specific elements of

Aria
PERSON

’s output. Additionally, the “

Highlighter
WORK_OF_ART

” feature simplifies revisiting and referencing specific parts of

Aria
PERSON

’s responses.

We also looked at how

Aria
PERSON

can help boost your creativity. The new “Compose” mode makes it easy to create content for various purposes – such as blogs, social media posts, or work emails – and “

My Style
WORK_OF_ART

” even lets you train the

AI
ORG

to write just like you!

Looking Forward to More Innovations

At

Opera
ORG

, we’re not stopping here. Our commitment to browser innovation continues and we can promise you

one
CARDINAL

thing: that we will keep working on meaningful ways to make your browsing smarter, faster, and more personal. Thanks for coming along with us for the ride – we’ll be back with more game-changing innovations soon!