Opera Software released a new version of the company's Opera GX web browser on October 27, 2020 to the public. The new version of the browser is already available as an in-browser update and a standalone download from the Opera GX website.
Launched last year, Opera GX quickly rose to popularity and has now over 5 million active users per month. Aimed at gamers in particular, Opera GX features a unique set of features such as background sounds, resource throttling, or an interface that resembles the interface of computer games more than that of a traditional web browser.
The new update adds a new tool, called GX Cleaner, to the browser. It is a sidebar tool that users of the web browser may select from the sidebar to run.
Opera Software describes it as a way to clean up temporary browser files that are not needed anymore, and the company says that this may improve browser performance. Benchmarks are not provided to back up the claim, and it is doubtful that the removal of temporary browser files will lead to noticeable performance gains for users.
The company notes that users may clear the browsing history, cache, cookies, unused tabs, downloads and sidebar icons in this initial version. One of the main differentiating factors between GX Cleaner and the built-in browsing history deletion options is that it includes downloads, sidebar icons and open tabs (except pinned tabs).
GX Cleaner displays some stats, e.g. the size of downloads, number of cookies, and browser files, in its interface when opened. Users may select "min", "med", and "max" cleaning levels, and each of the available items individually.
The levels change the period that is cleaned, e.g. items that are older than 30 days, one week, a day, or an hour.
Downloads have special options to include downloaded files in the deletion as well as unfinished downloads.
The second feature that is highlighted in the announcement on the Opera website is that the built-in theme engine supports secondary colors now.
Opera GX users may also select one of the available new themes that make use of the new color option. Advanced color selectors are available to fully customize the color scheme of the browser's theme.
Opera Software created a video that demonstrates the new functionality of the browser:
GX Cleaner and the new theme options add more customization options to the browser. While it is doubtful that GX Cleaner will improve performance, it does add a few new options to the browser that were not available before.
The secondary color option offers an easy way to customize the color scheme of the browser.
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