Yes, Opera still exists in 2019. A market share of 3.6% coupled with the fact that this number is going down day by day, calls for a change. As they say ‘Desperate times call for desperate measures.‘
We can see those desperate measures coming into effect recently. Opera has completely redesigned its browser. Codenamed “Reborn 3”, the update has given the browser a completely new identity. An identity we’ve already seen in browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.
The new design sports a sleek and modern look. The main difference with this new version is that the sidebar and tab bar are now the same color, this results in the sidebar not standing out as much, giving us a cleaner look. Moreover, The webpage, active tab and address bar are now a single component, fine-drawn shadows make this unit of content stand out from the rest of the browser. Square, sharp edges along with the sharp contrast to the curved border, gives us a Chrome-like look. Meanwhile, Opera claims that its design changes were inspired by photography, as the new light theme is bright and clean while the dark theme is stylish and focused.
Opera’s Joanna Czajka has given reasoning for the design change, which was:
“We believe a browser should provide such a frame for the web. With R3, we put web content at center stage. We’ve removed dividing lines between sections so you can browse without borders and unhindered by unnecessary distractions. And, just as no one frame is effective for every picture or in every lighting, we’ve given the browser two distinct themes, light and dark.”
The company has also added a cryptocurrency wallet into its mobile browsers, and now you can also access it from the desktop app as well. –Opera has plans of releasing the R3 (Reborn 3) update in March in version 59. However, you can download the developer preview right now from Opera’s website. Read about all the changes at Opera here.