Opera browser adds ChatGPT and AI digest features

by Ana Lopez

Just weeks after Microsoft launched the GPT-4 powered chatbot in its Edge browser, Opera is following suit and integrating generative AI chatbots powered by ChatGPT and ChatSonic into its Opera and Opera GX desktop browsers. These new tools are available in early access on all desktop platforms, the browser maker said.

Opera is also launching a feature that lets you generate AI prompts by highlighting or typing out text on a website. These chatbots can also summarize articles or web pages, write social media posts for you, or help you get ideas through prompts. Users must manually enable “AI Prompts” from settings to use this feature.

The company, owned by a Chinese consortium, also integrates ChatGPT and ChatSonic into the sidebar of its browsers. While ChatGPT can also work with text, Opera says ChatSonic’s bot — which is powered by GPT-4 — can also let users generate images based on text input.

“AI-generated content is a game changer for web browsing. Our goal is to use these technologies to give our users new browsing superpowers – a new perspective on how they learn, create and explore. Opera is actively expanding its AI program to AIGC for browser, news and gaming products through its own solutions and new and existing partnerships,” Opera product director Joanna Czajka said in a statement.

The company said it plans to announce more AI-powered features in the future, powered by its proprietary GPT-based model.

Given the popularity of generative AI, more browsers could follow suit and integrate AI-powered tools. Brave recently introduced summer features to its search offerings, and the company said it is already experimenting with AI-focused features for its browser.

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