The latest update to the popular Opera web browser introduces a collection of upgrades and several new browser features. Opera 49 brings a new snapshot tool, VR player and some other features to make web browsing more convenient and interactive. The update adds a handy search pop-up tool, integrated popular social messengers and support for watching online video content using VR headsets.
Opera 49 New Features: Screenshot Tool, Selfie Mode, VR Player, Themes
To help you personalize web sharing, the snapshot feature is loaded with editing tools and a selfie mode. The browser now lets you click selfies and add it to the screenshot instantly. You can launch this feature directly from the sidebar via the camera icon or by hitting Ctrl + Shift + 5 (⌘ + ⇧ + 5 on macOS). You can also edit screenshots using a pencil, arrow, blur, zoom, and emojis. The VK Messenger signs on to the list of integrated sidebar messengers, and also added are five new currencies for the currency converter.
To top it off, Opera has bundled a built-in VR 360 video player; the one feature which was introduced in Opera 49 developer version. Opera 49 welcomes a direct VR Player, and the browser has been sharpened to look its best on HiDPI screens. If you own HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and other OpenVR-compatible devices can now view the VR library. To contribute to the 360-degree content on the web, Opera has partnered with 360 Labs, a world-class production company specializing in immersive, panoramic photography and video.
The Opera 49 update has also refined the appearance of the private mode browsing window for the Windows and Linux platforms. The private window now resembles the regular light theme mode of Opera with an appropriately matched dark address bar. This is done to cause less eyestrain. The company claims that the browser has evolved considerably in 2017 and the number of active monthly users have increased over 25% with a record growth of 65% over the same time last year in the U.S.