Opera Software showed off a brand new concept browser today. Called “Neon”, the browser has been built using the same engine that was used to create the default Opera Browser. However, the browser is expected to change how we browse the Internet through its all new approach to surfing that involves a radically different user interface.
Okay, so the first thing that hits you as soon as you open the new browser is a bunch of little circular icons. These icons can be dragged around at will and actually represent the tabs. So basically, each new tab that you open, takes the form of a little circular bubble and you can have a lot of them on the Neon home page.
The company appears to have worked really hard upon the user interface. It has also paid particular attention to making things as life like as possible. The newly developed physics engine integrated with the browser ensures that tabs and other objects respond to you like real objects. As Opera says,
they have weight and move in a natural way when dragged, pushed, or even popped.
There is also a built-in video player and a media gallery, so that you don’t have to spend hours hunting for the stuff you download on your system. What’s more, (finally….drumroll please.) the browser has a built-in feature that lets you watch a video in one tab while working in another. So basically, multitasking without having to constantly keep switching between tabs.
You can watch the browser in action right below or (even better!) download it on your Windows laptop for free, by going here.
I haven’t had the chance to try the browser out yet, however, what I have seen so far certainly looks good. Browsers haven’t really seen much innovation of late — unless you count Microsoft pulling Internet explorer! — however, with Neon, Opera looks to have set its mind upon bringing some major changes to the way we browse.
And many users may just want to switch for the novelty of a new user interface experience on an Internet browser. Meanwhile, do check back for updates once I try my hand at Opera’s newest browser. And if you have already used it, do let us know about your experience by commenting right below.
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