Opera for Chromebooks has become the world’s first alternative browser to be optimised for Chrome OS, Opera has announced. The browser brings several features such as a free unlimited, no-log browser VPN, an ad blocker, cookie dialogue blocker, and colour themes to the Chrome OS platform. Additionally, the browser comes with WhatsApp, Telegram, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Messenger, making it the only browser to offer this functionality on Chromebook, as per the company. It also says that the Opera for Chromebook has been built based on the Opera Browser for Android with custom optimisations.
As per a blog post, Opera for Chromebook makes the browsing experience “smooth and joyful” on machines powered by Chrome OS. Apart from offering a free unlimited inbuilt VPN, ad blocker, and protection from annoying GDPR-related cookie dialogues, the Opera browser also has an inbuilt cryptocurrency wallet. There are multiple instant messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, as well as social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Messenger that are integrated in it.
Other features in Opera for Chromebook include a set of five colour themes that are available in both light and dark mode. The company says that Opera for Chromebook is eye-friendly and comes with a special night mode that protects the users from blue light glare. It advocates binge-watching shows and videos as well as late-night reading/ studying.
When talking about what’s behind the scene, Opera for Chromebooks is said to be fast and lightweight because it has been built based on the Opera Browser for Android. As per the company, users can synchronise Opera for Chromebook with Opera browsers on other devices, including Windows, Android, and iOS, by using the Flow feature. This feature allows users to sync and share notes, images, files, and links by simply scanning a QR code.