In April, Opera introduced its new browser, Opera One, and did so with an elegant modular design that opted for a dark theme and “flexible browsing”. That launch is reinforced today with the presentation of a feature they were targeting months ago and that’s even more striking: the integration of Aria, its own artificial intelligence assistant integrated into the browser.
A free and always available AI chatbot. The new version of the Opera browser has been updated with this chatbot, which is called Aria, which, as indicated in the official blog of the company, is based on OpenAI GPT technology. This helper is always available in the left sidebar of the browser and we can use it for free. This implementation is an evolution of Opera’s initial development in this area that was presented last March.
Navigation with the help of ChatGPT. Opera’s AI-enabled browser is designed to enhance users’ creativity and productivity by incorporating the power of artificial intelligence into the browser’s own functionality. Aria, based on Opera’s own “Composer” infrastructure, offers advanced features such as updated results already done in Microsoft Edge as Bing Chat, although it does not include references or citations to its sources.
A chatbot that will grow into profit. Opera’s “composer” infrastructure is easily adaptable, according to the company, and will make it possible for Aria to connect to various AI models. In the future, thanks to Opera’s partners, Aria can be further extended to integrate new features such as search services.
How does this work? Just click on the ARIA button on the left sidebar to bring up the side panel where we can start asking any type of questions. In these answers we may also ask you to show us the link. The answers are usually short and seem to be consistent as always.
Registration and Privacy. Before being able to use Aria it is necessary to log in with our Opera account or create one if we do not have one. At Opera they clarify that when using Aria, the text we enter is processed by Opera in order to provide relevant answers. Nevertheless, they assure that it does not share any data about the user with OpenAI. Chats are saved for a maximum of 30 days and we will have access to them at all times, but we can also delete them at any time.
first impressions. We’ve already installed Opera’s new browser with Aria and first impressions are bittersweet: it’s capable of speaking and chatting in Spanish, and while it provides accurate information in some cases, Aria has been found to fabricate data or give incorrect answers. There is also the danger of giving.
One of lime, the other of sand. For example, he answered the question of what Xataka was, but we also asked him for information about the latest version of Opera and he told us that the latest version was the 2011 version with the Opera Presto 2.10 rendering engine. When trying to correct her and ask about Opera One and Aria, the chatbot threw an error and asked us to change the subject.
The one who warns is not a traitor. Opera’s own managers have warned that artificial intelligence applications like Aria “have limits.” Thus, we may see harmful or subjective content and information that is false, inaccurate or misleading.
There is room for improvement in Aria. Aria’s features are currently in the wake of those offered by, for example, Bing in Microsoft Edge. In addition to offering up-to-date information, citations, and references, Bing behaved more accurately in our tests—perhaps because it’s based on GPT-4, it’s unclear which version Aria is based on—but It will also soon be able to interact with the content we’re visiting, something that Aria can’t do in Opera at the moment.