Opera’s Reborn update ‘rethinks’ the browser

Opera tried something really different for browsers with its Opera Neon experiment. Today, the company is bringing some elements from Opera Neon to the main Opera browser, claiming that it’s time to “rethink the browser.”  The company is calling the new update “Reborn” and it brings some neat changes to the browser.

First and foremost: Opera now lets you easily chat on services like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and even Telegram without needing to go to the service’s web apps. Opera has integrated a sidebar feature into the browser where users can chat on WhatsApp, Messenger, and Telegram without needing to go to these apps on the browser itself. By default, the sidebar flyout will hide automatically once you click out of it — but if you pin the sidebar, it will work side-by-side with whatever website you are browsing.

With Reborn, Opera is finally bringing a dark theme to its browser just like Microsoft Edge in Windows 10. Opera is also providing some new backgrounds for the new browser, and they look pretty cool as well. A substantial part of the Reborn is also the UI of the browser itself — for instance, Opera has completely changed some of the icons and the new Reborn interface also includes some smooth animations to help improve the user experience.

But more importantly, Reborn includes some security and performance features, too. In Reborn, Opera will notify users when they are typing in a password or a credit card number into a page that doesn’t use HTTPS. The browser also now utilizes the GPU to decode videos on Windows, which will apparently result in “significantly” higher framerates, higher resolutions, and better yet: lower battery usage, at least according to Opera.

If you use Opera and want to give the latest Reborn a try, you can download it here.

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