Throughout its history, Opera has consistently reinvented its browser to keep up with the ever-changing web landscape. Opera One represents a significant leap forward, particularly with its embrace of the Modular Design philosophy. Although an early access developer build is currently available, the browser will evolve to cater to individual needs, prioritizing essential features and relevant modules based on context. With Modular Design intelligently adapting to user requirements, browsing becomes a fluid and effortless endeavor. Opera One will also leverage cutting-edge AI-based functionalities, with further additions slated for the near future.
A survey conducted among Opera users revealed their struggles with managing numerous open tabs, which often hinder productivity. Recognizing this pain point, Opera devised a unique solution—Tab Islands. This feature provides a smooth and intuitive experience, allowing users to stay focused on tasks without disrupting their browsing habits. For instance, searching for the perfect lunch spot opens menus, locations, and restaurant details in a dedicated tab island. Similarly, work-related Google Docs can be grouped within their own tab island. As more tab islands are created, users can switch between the topics they were browsing. Tab islands exemplify the core tenets of Opera’s Modular Design, featuring distinct colors and clearly defined borders within the browser’s user experience.
Tab islands are automatically generated to consolidate related tabs within a single browsing context. Users can manually create tab islands by selecting desired tabs while pressing the CTRL/Command button and then right-clicking to form a Tab Island. These islands can be rearranged by dragging and dropping tabs between them, and additional tabs can be added to an existing island using the small plus button located on the side.
The early 2023 updates, including the integration of generative AI features, have laid the foundation for this redesigned browser. However, Opera’s journey is far from over. The company has ambitious plans to introduce its own AI engine in the coming months, continually enhancing the browser’s user interface through advancements in Modular Design.