Opera wants to make your browser social.
Earlier this year, Opera launched a new experimental browser called Neon, which imagined a complete redesign of Opera. Now, the company is adding some of Neon’s features into their main browser in a redesign codenamed “Reborn.”
Reborn was built with the idea of multitasking at its core and a focus on incorporating messaging apps. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram come built into the browser. The apps can be opened in overlay or pinned side-by-side with the current tab. By building in messaging, Opera frees up dedicated tabs or desktop apps that many currently use for messaging.
Reborn comes with light and dark themes and custom backgrounds. The entire browser has been redesigned to be much more visual as well as more consistent across desktop and mobile apps. Dozens of tiny animations have been added to the interactions on the browser. The new version will also feature improvements to the ad blocking apps.
StatCounter’s most recent Global Stat shows Opera with a 3.54% browser market share and 5.03% on mobile. While a redesign alone is unlikely to change that significantly, the light and fast nature of the browser makes it a great option for those looking for a change.