Opera browser integrates ChatGPT to make summary of web pages
Opera says it is working with all its energy in the field of artificial intelligence and integrating it with its famous browser. This week, Opera shared plans to integrate text-generating AI capabilities into its web browser, starting with a "Shorten" feature that will use ChatGPT to generate summaries of articles and web pages. When the tool becomes available to users, you'll see new icons to the right of the address bar. Pressing it will open a sidebar where ChatGPT will provide a summary of the webpage you are on.
Jan Standell, Oprah's vice president of marketing and communications, told The Verge that Shorten will be rolling out to users "very soon." The company is working on other AI-powered features that it claims will “augment” the experience of using Opera, but the company has not detailed what these additions will entail.
Shorten's announcement comes the same week that Microsoft said it was redesigning its Edge browser to add an "artificial intelligence-powered assistant" to the browser. Among the things the company's new Prometheus model can do is summarize webpages, too.
Last week also saw Google share that it's working on Bard. Bard competes with ChatGPT as an AI chatbot powered by Google's LaMDA platform. The timing of the announcements suggests that Opera and Microsoft view ChatGPT AI as a way to break Google's hold on the browser market. However, it remains to be seen if users will actually switch away from Chrome as a result of these additions.
Notably, ChatGPT reached 100 million users in early February, with approximately 13 million daily visitors in January. Opera saw approximately 321 million users in the third quarter of 2022. It is the sixth most popular browser globally with a market share of 2.4%. In comparison, Google Chrome has a global market share of 65.4%, while Microsoft Edge has a market share of 4.5%.