Opera Unveils Experimental Web Browser Called Neon

Browsing the web is an area that some folks want to change, see it evolve even, and Opera is one company tossing out a concept of what that might look like.

Today, Opera has officially launched a concept browser for both macOS and Windows. With it, Opera is changing things up quite a bit. With the concept browser, called Neon, there are new takes on visual tabs, omnibox, Speed Dial, and other Opera features. Opera says it wants to get rid of the “desktop clutter,” which means “bringing your computer’s wallpaper into the browser,” and then letting key elements float above it.

“The Opera browser features you love have been rebooted, with a fun, fresh take on Speed Dial, visual tabs and the omnibox, which float in to kickstart your browsing session. Opera Neon wipes away your desktop clutter by bringing your computer’s wallpaper into the browser.”

There are new physics-based movement for icons, which “have weight,” and will respond to actions like real objects:

“Opera Neon’s newly developed physics engine is set to breathe life back into the internet. Tabs and other objects respond to you like real objects; they have weight and move in a natural way when dragged, pushed, or even popped. This desktop browser is more than just a window to the internet – with Opera Neon, you are in control of everything you see.”

The new browser also boasts things like split-screen mode, video pop-out, an a snap-to gallery function:

“Opera Neon’s newly developed physics engine is set to breathe life back into the internet. Tabs and other objects respond to you like real objects; they have weight and move in a natural way when dragged, pushed, or even popped. This desktop browser is more than just a window to the internet – with Opera Neon, you are in control of everything you see.”

Check out this video of it in action:

Neon by Opera is available now in its concept form through the source link below. It’s also available for Windows.

[via TechCrunch; Opera]