For years, the design of a web browser has been same for almost all PCs. You will have a tab strip at the top of the window that is text next to favicons, an address bar below it. A hamburger menu with some additional icons next to address bar and if you need, there will be a bookmarks bar right below the address bar that is followed by space for web pages.
It has been the same for quite some time, and no matter what mainstream browser you look at nearly all of them work on the same basic principal.
Well, not Opera Neon.
Opera Neon is the browser underdog’s new project that re-imagines how a browser could work and how it can make web browsing modern. After downloading and installing the browser, you will realize that the browser takes all the UI principals of making a web browser and throws them out of the window.
Instead of a long series of tabs at the top of the Window, you will find beautiful blobs that look very similar to Chatheads in Facebook’s Messenger App. Rather than Having a themed or Gray background for the Window, Neon uses your desktop wallpaper that gives the browser an open feeling.
One of the most useful features of the browser is the ability to use the websites in the split screen mode. If you have more than one browser tab open and you want to work on 2 of them, just click on a button, and you will have two websites side by side -no need to open and split them like you have to do with Google Chrome.
Opera has not only innovated on large ideas, but also the company has added some other small other things that can prove to be very convenient in the future. For example, there is a simple drawer that lets you control volume output from all open tabs. Also, there is a built-in screen capture tool that works perfectly in my short test and was able to manage snaps easily.
You can download and try the browser right now; there are still things that can be added -there is no extension support yet- but Neon is defiantly worth looking into if you like trying new ideas.
Love using opera mini ? You will love these Opera Mini Tips and Tricks that will help you in getting most out of the mobile browser.
Opera Mini has been a great web browser ever since it was first released in 2005.
The normal mode consumes a bit more data than Chrome’s Data saver, but, the extreme mode crushes the competition with its 80%+ Data savings. Here are some of the best Opera Mini tips and tricks to make sure that you use the browser at its best.
Block Ads to reduce Data Usage
Opera Mini is one of a few web browsers that come with a built in ad blocking. Blocking aads makes sense as Ads consume too much bandwidth and also may drag down the performance of your device. To block ads on your phone, simply launch Opera Mini and do to Menu> Data Savings.
from here, scroll down to a toggle labelled Block Ads.
From here you can easily enable and disable ads. As of now, there is no way you can white-list domains so remember to toggle it off if you want to support the site you are visiting.
Remove (almost) All Ads From New Tab Page
By default, Opera Shows you a list of trending news and articles on your new tab page. However, these are filled with ads and sponsored content. These consume Bandwidth and may look annoying to you, luckily, you can turn this off completely and switch to older Speed Dial screen which shows you a grid of your pinned sites.
Even speed dial occasionally will add links to some sponsored sites, but it is much less distracting than the other arrangement.
To apply this Opera Mini Trick, go to Menu> Settings and then tap on Advance.
On the next screen, Tap on Start Page Content and select Speed Dial Only from the popup.
Turn Off Facebook Notifications
This may probably be the most annoying feature of Opera Mini, once you have logged-in to Facebook using the browser, Opera Mini sends you push notifications on your notification drawer from the social network.
It is enabled by default and if you also have Facebook installed on your phone, receiving to notifications about same event can get pretty annoying.
To turn this off, go to Menu > Settings and tap on Facebook Notifications.
on the next screen, un-check the first check box to toggle the notifications off.
Switch to Single Column View
If your phone has small screen, browsing a website that is not optimized for small screen can get quite uncomfortable. In these situations, you can switch to single column view.
After turning it on, the sites are loaded and showed in a single column so you wont have to scroll horizontally.
To do this, go to Menu > Settings > Page Layout and tap on Single Column View.
keep in mind that some sites may not work properly.
Download large files only on WiFi
Mobile network operators are usually more expensive than wireless broadband connections and if you have got one on home or office, it may make more sense for you to download large files on those network as it will cost you less than downloading the file directly through the mobile network provider, not to mention that it can also result in an exhausted monthly data allowance.
luckily, there is a neat opera mini trick that lets you postpone download until you are connected to a WiFi network.
To enable it, go to Menu > Settings and tap on Downloads.
from this screen, select Large Downloads and tap on Always Ask or Wait for WiFi.
Lower the Image Quality to Save Data
Images are usually the biggest data consuming elements, some pages are entirely made using images and if you are low on data, loading all these images in the highest quality can cause the data to consume faster than ever.
To minimize data usage, you can lower image quality and even turn it off altogether. to do this, go to Menu > Data Savings and tap on Images on the next screen.
From the next popup, you can select any image quality that you want.
Do You Have any Opera Mini Tips and Tricks?
Have you been using Opera’s mobile browser? If you have any other Opera Mini Tips, share with others in the comments below.