Opera today announced that it is introducing an AI side panel to its browser called “Aria”, which is powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The company says Aria is both a web and browser expert that makes it easier to find information on the web, generate text or code, or get answers to your product questions. The new feature is currently available for testing.
Aria can also answer questions about Opera itself, as the company says it’s knowledgeable about the browser’s “entire database of support documentation.” Opera says Aria is based on its “composer” infrastructure and connects to OpenAI’s GPT technology and is enhanced by additional capabilities, such as adding live results from the Internet.
The company outlines that Aria is a free service with up-to-date information, meaning it is connected to the internet and not limited to content before 2021, as is the case with standard GPT-based solutions. Aria launches in more than 180 countries.
You can test Aria by downloading the latest version of Opera One. As an Android user, you can test Aria in the latest beta version of the browser. Opera notes that all you need to do as a tester is access Aria create an Opera account, if you don’t already have one. You will then be notified of your whitelist status via email or in-product. Once your Opera account is whitelisted, you can access Aria from the Opera for Android beta settings or from the Opera One browser sidebar.
Opera’s latest launch builds on the browser’s current AI features. Earlier this year, Opera integrated generative AI chatbots powered by ChatGPT and ChatSonic into its desktop browsers, Opera and Opera GX. The company has also launched a feature that allows you to generate AI prompts by highlighting or typing text on a website. These chatbots can summarize articles or web pages, write social media posts for you, or help you come up with prompts.
Last month, the company launched Opera One, a redesigned version of its flagship browser, which it says includes elements that will make it ready for a “generative, AI-based future.”
“We are now moving forward by introducing browser AI that allows you to interact with the web directly in the browser, aided by AI,” Opera wrote in a blog post. “Aria’s current form of a chat interface that communicates directly with you, the user, marks the first phase of the project. The AI-based service will be even more integrated into Opera in upcoming versions of the browser, with the ultimate goal of being natively integrated into the browser to help you perform cross-browser tasks.
The new sidebar is somewhat similar to the features Microsoft introduced in Edge. In March, Microsoft announced that its Edge web browser will include a new Bing AI chatbot in a sidebar. Of course, Opera and Microsoft aren’t the only companies focusing on integrated AI-powered tools in their browsers, as Brave introduced summary features to its search engine earlier this year and is experimenting with AI-focused features for its browser.