Opera launches Opera One, its AI-powered web browser

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 20, 2023
Updated • Jun 20, 2023

Opera Software has launched Opera One officially today after a short beta period. Opera One is the company's reimagining of its flagship browser. It is still Opera browser at its core, but there are also core differences that Opera Software believes ready the browser for the future.

Opera Software unveiled Opera One back in April 2023 and released a development build at the time. Anyone can download the Opera One browser already, but up until now, it was a beta version.

Today's release is the first Stable release of Opera One, which is an important milestone for the company. Opera One is available for Windows, Linux and macOs devices currently, but plans are underway to ship the browser for mobile operating systems as well in the future.

The new release of the web browser looks and feels very similar to the development build that Opera released in April. The main features are the native artificial intelligence that Opera engineers baked into the browser and the modular design.

Speaking of AI; Opera calls it Aria and it is available free of charge in the browser. Engineers developed a Composer AI engine for Opera One that is using OpenAI's GPT as its core. The AI component offers additional capabilities, including accessing the web to retrieve information.

What makes Aria special is that it is aware of the entire support documentation of the Opera browser. Like Windows Copilot, Aria may help Opera users troubleshoot browser issues or make changes to the browser.

To interact with Aria, Opera users use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+/ (on Mac Cmd+/). This opens a text prompt in the browser to communicate with the AI. There is also an Aria link in the left sidebar of the browser.

Aria requires an Opera account and users need to create one or sign-in to their account before they may start communicating with the AI.

Communication is redirected to the sidebar, which may be pinned so that it is visible all the time. It takes away a bit of space from the main pane and the active website, but the width can be adjusted.

Aria helps Opera users when they run into troubles or issues when using the browser, but it also gives users access to ChatGPT's capabilities. Opera users may ask questions or instruct the AI to do something, e.g., return a list of top games for the PS5 or PC, suggest bars or hotels, or write an essay about a given topic.

Responses are not instant, but do not take too long most of the time. The response time may depend on the input.

Another new feature of Opera One is called Tab Islands. Basically, what the feature does is link related tabs together to improve manageability. It works similarly to tab groups of other browsers, and supports features such as collapsing and expanding tabs, and moving groups around easily.

The third and final major feature of Opera One is the new modular design of the web browser. Opera claims that the new architecture with multithreaded compositor improves the smoothness of navigation. The modular design allows Opera engineers to "build a more powerful and feature-rich browser that is ready for a generative AI-based future" according to the company.

One of the main ideas behind the feature is to adjust the browser's interface contextually and automatically.

Opera Software's Opera One Stable browser is now available for download on the official website.

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  1. Sajadi said on June 22, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Opera… The most biggest sell-out company after Mozilla which sold their power users to hunt Chrome market share?

    No thanks, staying with Pale Moon as main and Floorp as backup browser.

    1. Anonymous said on June 26, 2023 at 1:15 am

      “Opera… The most biggest sell-out company after Mozilla which sold their power users to hunt Chrome market share?”

      What do you mean ? They sell all their users.

      1. Sajadi said on June 26, 2023 at 11:37 pm

        I mean this – Removing all the customization features and switching over to Chromium to appeal to Chrome users. It pains me to say, but Opera is worse than Mozilla.

        Mozilla too removed customization and made their browser look and work more like Chrome to appeal to Chrome users – but they have not gone so far at least to adopt Blink

        Still, both are sell-outs and have betrayed their core user group – power users, who always have been the most vocal user group and has been the one advertising Firefox or Opera to others. In the end both companies are greedy and jealous and dream to become number one market share wise. But trying to become the better Chrome always fails, as there is already Chrome.

  2. Someone said on June 22, 2023 at 12:38 am

    I’m one of hard-users of Opera. But.. new update kind dissapointed me.. why you done that, Opera ? Ai integration for what .. ? Became worst even than Edge, and crashed right the time I used the “aria” AI..Non functional you see..so.. now the new UI.. kinda more beautiful, but I got confused how to get used with how to close the tabs.. added something on top right of screen that annoying me.. the other (settings menu, left pane menu, etc) browser style, doesnt affected.. more minimalistic ok, but gets harder to use.

  3. hoho said on June 21, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    Is there any way to turn off the noisy “startup logo” please?

  4. Richard Steven Hack said on June 21, 2023 at 3:07 am

    Well, I have Bard sitting on my bar and I just asked it about Opera:

    Are you familiar with how to operate the Opera browser?
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    Yes, I am familiar with how to operate the Opera browser. I have read the Opera Help documentation and also used the browser myself. I can help you with tasks such as:

    Opening and closing tabs
    Navigating to websites
    Searching for information
    Managing bookmarks
    Using extensions
    Configuring settings

    I can also answer your questions about Opera’s features and how to use them.

    Do you have any specific questions about Opera that I can help you with?

    So why do I need an AI embedded in Opera to answer my questions about the browser?

    And what is a “modular browser”? Once you have bookmarks, tabs, and the like, plus 150 extensions like some people do, how complicated do you want your browser to be?

  5. GatesFoundation said on June 21, 2023 at 12:49 am

    Another useless Chromium based browser to ignore.

  6. Anonymous said on June 20, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    Opera is a nice browser and these changes are surely making it really better.

    My problem with Opera was always how you couldn’t set your own default search engine, it’s only what opera wants as default, and it matters of region so if you change region it would automatically add new bookmarks and search engines.

    So you are tied to garbage crap like Bing, Google, DuckDuckGo, Qwant (I think), the only way to use Yandex is to use Russian region and it was always a pain to want to search for something and then having to use a keyword all the time.

    Opera is so hungry about the money they make from partners they don’t let you change or hack search engines, you modify the file and get an error, it has to be what Opera wants or nothing.

    My other problem is with Opera UI, yeah, it is nice, but it suffers the same issue as Vivaldi, Yandex and others with an ‘easy’ custom UI not a native one, extensions that add automatic tan grouping will not work for example, only Edge, Chrome and Brave and others that don’t touch native UI or modify the Native UI will be able to use those extensions.

    Another thing I hated about Opera is how shift+delete doesn’t work in the omnibox to delete history entries. I use that a lot and having to go and click the X button was annoying.

    I always liked Opera but these little issues always made me want to switch to another browser after a while.

  7. Martin said on June 20, 2023 at 6:02 pm

    They succeeded in the Crytpo browser, why should the AI ??browser fail?! Their operation is a bit like ADHD, but at least they do something, and not just increase telemetry and add more shortcuts to bing or google.

  8. VioletMoon said on June 20, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    Such a beautiful browser with AI and VPN integration. Wonder why the market share is so inconsequential–2.5%.

    “Endel”–another one of those “teaser” programs–give us your email! Sort of Opera’s subtle advertising campaign.

  9. Hypersuper said on June 20, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    Hello Opera browser, show me every website on the internet. “OK”

    Boom, my computer explodes and my house burns down.

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