Opera’s Neon Concept Shows What The Future Of Internet Browsing Might Look Like

Opera’s Neon Concept Shows What The Future Of Internet Browsing Might Look Like
Design

The prototype application endeavors to make web browsing more intuitive and visual

Emma Hutchings
  • 17 january 2017

Opera Neon is a concept browser that offers users a glimpse into the future of desktop browsers. It was built from scratch by a team of developers and designers, and is the result of thousands of concepts, drawings, iterations, versions, and interface designs.

The experimental browser features a ton of new ways to interact with web content, such as dragging and pushing things around, or being able to make content pop out of the web to save it. Opera Neon’s features include a new start page that uses your desktop wallpaper as its background, getting rid of clutter and bringing your chosen image into the browser. A newly developed physics engine causes tabs and other objects to respond like real objects. They have weight and move in a natural way when dragged, pushed, or popped.

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The fresh design concept has colorful visual tabs on a vertical bar to the right that use images from web pages to help you find what you’re looking for. Tabs are managed automatically, with those used frequently moving to the top and less used ones sinking to the bottom.

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Opera Neon aims to make surfing the web easy and beautiful. If you see an image you like, you can crop, snap and save it to a dedicated tab using the built-in snap-to-gallery tool. The image will be labeled with its web address in case you want to return to the source page at a later time.

Split screen mode enables you to browse two web pages at once by simply dragging the visual tabs to the left or right panel, then you can move your mouse pointer between the pages for simultaneous browsing. Videos can be popped out into their own adjustable, movable window so you can keep watching a YouTube or Vimeo channel while you browse. The player panel organizes all the tabs playing music or video in one place for quick access.

Although Opera Neon isn’t designed to replace the current Opera desktop browser, the team plans to incorporate some of its best features into Opera as early as spring 2017. The concept browser is available to download now for Mac and Windows. You can check it out in the video below:

Opera Neon

Opera Neon is a concept browser that offers users a glimpse into the future of desktop browsers. It was built from scratch by a team of developers and designers, and is the result of thousands of concepts, drawings, iterations, versions, and interface designs.

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