Opera Neon – A Concept Browser for The Future

Opera is no new player to the browser game. The company already has one of the best 3rd-party browsers you can run on your computer but they don’t want to stop there.

With this new experimental project, Opera plans to bring users more speed, discoveries, and safety on the web for free. I’m talking about Opera Neon.

Opera Neon (or just Neon), is a cross-platform concept browser created to usher internet users into the possible future of web browsing.

Important: Sadly, Opera has not made Neon available on the Linux platform. Again, Linux is being left behind. When someone asked about Linux support for Neon on Twitter Opera’s response was “sorry not this time”. They went on to add that “right now Neon is a fun project that our developers were working on & we’re not planning to develop it further”.

Anyway, Neon, comes packed with the features Opera is most noted for e.g. speed dials, security, inbuilt-ad blocker e.t.c, while adding many others that it poses as “an alternate reality for the Opera browser”.

Check out the browser in action in the video below:

Features in Opera Neon

  • Clean Modern UI & UX – Feast your eyes with Neon’s floating speed dials, bookmarks, and omnibox as you use them against its transparent background
  • Built-in Gallery – Save yourself the stress of searching for images you saved to several folders using the slick snap-togallery tool.
  • Cross-platform – Enjoy the same browsing experience on Linux, Mac, and Windows
  • Customization – Style Neon the way you feel fit using any of the free extensions and themes available in the store; and multiple profile settings.
  • Privacy: Built-in VPN – Browse without the fear of being watched thanks to Neon’s free and unlimited built-in VPN.
  • Free Built-in Ad Blocker – Opera, being the first major browser to block ads without add-ons, its built-in ad blocker makes content-rich webpages load up to 90% faster.
  • Built-in Currency Converter – Make currency conversions without needing to navigate back up to your Omnibox.
  • Optimized for Battery life – Neon has been optimized to work with your system’s battery for a healtheir and longer performance.
  • Multiple Profiles Support – Just like in Google Chrome, you can conveniently house multiple accounts for the convenience of working as different users.
  • Over 1000 Extensions – There is virtually an unending list of extensions because cooler and more efficient ones are added continuously and they are all free to use.
  • Personalized News Feed – Organize your preferred feeds in Neon’s start page in addition to your region’s top 50 articles.
  • MultitaskingNeon offers a split screen feature to help you work quicker as you drag, drop, and move objects around. There’s also a built-in video player that can ‘pop out’ and out of your way while you work on other things.

Opera Neon more features to offer and you can check them out in better detail here.

I love Neon’s speed, minimalist design, and its look and feel. And even though I am not sure it will be able to steal away my preference for Google Chrome, I would like to see how well it would do on Linux. Not that Linux is short of web browsers, but if Neon is a Concept browser for the future then it should be cross-platform indeed.

Have you used Opera Neon on a Mac or Windows PC? Let us know what you think about the project and its unavailability for the Open Source enthusiasts in the comments section below..

Divine Okoi is a cybersecurity postgrad with a passion for the open-source community. With 700+ articles covering different topics in IT, you can always trust him to inform you about the coolest tech.

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