Internet’s oldest surviving browser Opera has come up with a new concept browser – Neon. According to field experts, the aim of the browser is primarily to try out a few interesting experiment rather than replacing main browser.
Despite being oldest surviving browser on the Internet, Opera is the first one amongst major companies to launch an experimental browser.
After being sold to a consortium of Chinese companies last year, Opera is now doing its part to mix things up with the launch of Opera Neon, an experimental desktop browser for Windows and Mac that tries to reimagine what a modern browser should look like.
Neon’s homepage looks far different than any other browser’s. The moment you open Neon, you’ll notice that this is not your average browser. There is no task bar or bookmarks bar (though the team kept the concept of the URL bar alive).
Instead of having tabs at the top, you get round bubbles on the right. It automatically grabs your desktop’s background image and uses that as the background image of your new tabs page
Though it still includes shortcuts to bookmarks and top websites, they’re displayed as floating bubbles that are overlaid on your desktop wallpaper. There’s no discrete address bar either; there’s just a line above all the floating balls asking you to type something in. Visually, it’s very cool.
There are neat little animations as websites are pulled up and minimized back into their bubbles, but the animations are pretty sluggish right now in a way that hampers your ability to use the browser.
The verdict: Try it out if you want to experiment new browser, but it is not yet fit to replace your main browser yet. But Opera Neon sure gives an insight into future possibilities.