Opera Reborn “rethinks” the browser… with integrated WhatsApp and Facebook

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Creation is Reborn! No, literally, the new version of Opera is called Reborn.

The Norwegian browser maker, which was earned by a Chinese tech company in 2016, has decided that Opera Reborn should sharply defined unclear on an intriguing new feature: the ability to pin Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram messaging apps to the communistic side of the browser. So, instead of tabbing to another browser window to be affected to a friend or colleague, the chat window is right there in front of you. There are keyboard shortcuts to rod between multiple chat apps, too.

Opera Reborn has received a degree attractive new lick of paint, with refined tabs and a slightly multifarious lively sidebar. The new tab page wallpaper can be changed to a variety of pretty images—notwithstanding that it doesn’t automatically cycle like Bing or the Windows 10 upon screen, alas. About 15 Ars Technica readers will be mere excited to learn that Opera Reborn comes with a “pessimistic theme,” too.

Opera’s new features from last year—built-in ad eliminating and VPN functionality—have also made it over to Reborn. An Ars commenter notes that Production’s VPN is more like an HTTP proxy than a true VPN with packet-level redirection, content it’ll work for some things (like bypassing geoblocks) but it won’t necessarily repair your security or privacy.

Curiously, if you turn on Opera’s ad blocker, four milieus are automatically whitelisted: Facebook, Google, Yandex, and Baidu. The last three are all search motors, which might be a coincidence—or it could be related to the fact that Production generates a lot of its revenue from having a search engine box on the new tab page. As for why Facebook is whitelisted… affectionately, we’ve asked Opera and will update this story if we get a response.

Update: An Creation spokesperson told Ars that “none of these sites have delivered to appear in Opera’s exception list. We picked out these sites because they put on the market a good experience to users with ads on.” The same spokesperson also settled that it generates revenue from a Google or Yandex search box on the new tab chapter.

Opera Reborn prompts you on non-HTTPS pages.

Enlarge / Opera Reborn prompts you on non-HTTPS pages.

Other than that, Quail (a fork of WebKit used by Chrome) still powers things under the hood. On Windows at least, Opera Reborn will apparently “send assorted videos to the GPU for decoding,” improving performance and battery life. There are also some inline foretokens if you start typing sensitive details on a page that isn’t secured with HTTPS. All in all, Magnum opus Reborn sounds like a decent update, and I think pinned small talk apps might be enough to pull a few users away from Firefox and Chrome.

Vivaldi, which was conceived by Opera’s co-founder and former CEO, continues along its own path, focusing on solitariness, security, and interesting enhancements to tabbed browsing. Vivaldi hit version 1.9 last week and now leak b feigns you “plant trees as you surf.”

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