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Your comprehensive guide to Aria: Opera’s native browser AI

Aria greets a user and asks how it can help in Opera's newly-redesigned Opera One Browser.

Today, we’re thrilled to guide you through the intriguing world of Aria – our state-of-the-art browser AI.

At its core, Aria is a smart and powerful assistant designed to collaborate with you while navigating the digital world. Powered by our unique “Composer” infrastructure, Aria combines the expertise of OpenAI’s GPT technology with additional capabilities like delivering live results from the web. 

Whether you’re searching for information, crafting text, generating code, or seeking answers to product-related questions, Aria steps in as your personal expert. It’s a synthesis of web and browser knowledge, ready to provide support whenever you need it. 

In this post, we’ll delve deeper into Aria’s features, capabilities, and the infinite possibilities it brings to your browsing experience.

Read along for: 

  • What are Aria’s main features?
  • What are the main uses of Aria?
  • How does Aria respond? 
  • How can I gain access to Aria?

What are Aria’s main features? 

Aria represents a new generation of AI technology, one that transforms your browsing experience within the Opera browser by integrating an additional conversational layer.  It supplements your browsing with a conversational element that can range from informative and practical to engaging and interactive, aligning with your individual needs and preferences.

Based on Opera’s own Composer technology, Aria acts as your intelligent browser companion. Aria leverages the power of OpenAI’s GPT and enhances it with additional capabilities such as fetching real-time data from the web, including current time and weather information. This advancement empowers you to collaborate with AI in navigating through online information, producing text or code, or even handling product inquiries.

But it’s not just the underlying technology that sets Aria apart; it’s how it connects you to the world. Aria’s global reach extends to over 180 countries and supports more than 50 languages, making it your ideal companion, no matter where you are or what language you speak. 

Adding another layer of convenience, Aria is designed for cross-platform compatibility. Whether your device of choice is a desktop, a laptop, running on Windows, macOS, or Linux, Aria adapts to your needs. And Opera One is not confined to desktop browsing alone; it’s a feature that is readily available for use in Opera’s Android browser as well.

Now let’s dive into the more nuanced features of Aria that truly make it shine. 

Image of what the Command Line looks like, when being prompted to answer the question: "What is cognitive bias?".

The Aria Command Line offers an instantaneous way to engage with Aria. Its primary purpose is to shorten the path to asking Aria a question, reducing the need to go to the sidebar and open a sidebar panel. Users can open the command line with a shortcut (Ctrl + / on Windows and Cmd + / on Mac), type a question, and press enter.  

Another exceptional offering is Aria’s Highlight Tooltip feature. Upon highlighting text on a page, you can choose between three handy options: 

A screenshot of what Aria's Highlight Tooltip feature looks like. The word "Hivemind" is highlighted, and the tooltip offers three options: Explain Briefly, Explore, and Translate.
  • Explain Briefly: Aria will provide a brief explanation about the topic of the highlighted text within the context of the page.
  • Explore: Aria will offer an overview of the topic or context of the highlighted text, while simultaneously suggesting ways to delve deeper into the topic by providing links and search keywords. 
  • Translate: Aria will translate the highlighted text into the browser’s detected language, helping you understand content in 50+ foreign languages.

All these features collectively make Aria a powerful tool for casual browsing, intensive research, and much more! 

Let’s dive deeper into the main ways you can utilize Aria in your day-to-day browsing by looking at the main uses of Aria. 

What are the main uses of Aria?  

As a versatile AI tool, Aria adapts to your individual needs and purposes. It’s a translator, a tutor, a creativity booster, a career aide, and so much more. 

Here are some of the diverse ways in which you can use Aria in your everyday digital life: 

  1. Explain complex information. One of Aria’s most popular features (and a favorite among users) is its ability to break down and explain complex concepts. Whether you’re trying to figure out a complicated technical term, a philosophical theory, or a difficult mathematical equation, Aria can help make sense of it all, offering clear and concise explanations.  
  2. Translation. Aria can quickly and accurately translate text, helping you cross linguistic barriers and understand content in a wide array of 50+ languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Arabic, and many more. 
  3. Shortening and summarization. Another favorite AI prompt among users, Aria can condense lengthy texts, giving you the key points without the need to dive into a sea of words. Perfect for when you’re on the run or when you just need a quick summary. 
  4. Content creation. Whether you need help crafting a captivating essay, a heartfelt letter, a riveting blog post, a soul-stirring poem, or even a catchy song, Aria is your go-to companion. With its ability to generate creative and engaging content, it can be the spark of inspiration you need.
  5. Recommendations and ideas. Need a fresh perspective or a new idea? Aria can help generate innovative ideas and recommendations. From creating hilarious meme ideas to recommending unique recipes, or suggesting exciting travel destinations, Aria can be your trusty idea generator. 
  6. Career support. Aria is not just about fun and games – it’s a powerful tool that can assist you professionally. Whether you’re customizing your resume, crafting a persuasive cover letter, preparing for a job interview, or generating code, Aria’s got your back. 

How does Aria respond? 

A screenshot of Aria's response to the prompt: "I love horror films. Could you recommend three films to watch that were released in the past year." Aria recommended: Nope (2022), The Innocents (2021), and M3ga (2022).

Aria’s primary function is to comprehend text-based prompts and generate thoughtful, text-based responses. But what does this mean for your interaction with Aria? 

Let’s dive deeper to better understand the nuances of Aria’s responses. 

Text-based interaction & code generation

Aria is fundamentally text-oriented. When presented with a prompt, it comprehends the information and generates a well-crafted, text-based response. Its responses aren’t merely robotic or formulaic – they are designed to mimic human-like conversation, making your interaction with Aria seamless and natural.

Aria isn’t limited to just regular text, though. If you’re looking for help with programming, Aria can generate source code in response to your prompts. The generated code has specific stylization depending on the programming language in question. When necessary, Aria can also present information in a table format, to present data in a clear and organized way. 

Contextual & well-formatted responses 

While Aria can generate responses based on individual prompts, it’s important to note that Aria also possesses short-term memory. This enables the AI to maintain the context of a conversation within a particular session, allowing you to iterate, ask follow-up questions, or expand on the topic.

And Aria’s responses aren’t just intelligent – they’re beautifully formatted for optimal readability. Whether it’s generating a list with bullet points, dividing longer responses into clear, digestible sections with headers, or using various styles for emphasis, Aria ensures the output is user-friendly and visually appealing. 

Hyperlinked keywords

Aria can enhance your learning or exploration process by turning specific keywords in its responses into web links. This provides a quick and easy way for you to delve deeper into certain topics or gather additional information, all within the same interaction. 

How can I gain access to Aria? 

Accessing Aria is a super straightforward process. 

First things first, you’ll have to set up an Opera account. This account is key to using many of Opera’s features, including Aria. If you don’t already have an account, you can easily create one here.  

Once your Opera account is set up, access to Aria is just a few clicks away. Simply navigate to the Aria sidebar button within your Opera One browser. 

Within the Aria sidebar panel, you’ll be guided through a small series of steps to activate Aria. Just follow the instructions, and before you know it, Aria will be at your service. 

It’s important to note that there may be instances where users are placed on a waiting list for access to Aria.

If this happens, don’t worry! Aria will keep you informed. As soon as your access is granted, you’ll see a red dot notification on the Aria sidebar button, along with additional information.

Frequently asked questions

#1: Can I trust the information provided by Aria? 

While Aria aims to be as accurate as possible, please keep in mind that it is not a fact-checker. Its responses are drawn from publicly accessible sources, which could be false or biased. So, we advise that you cross-verify Aria’s output with other resources prior to applying or citing the information provided. 

#2: In which countries is Aria available? 

Aria is available for use in most countries, except the following: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Belarus, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (fmr. “Swaziland”), Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Iran, Laos, Libya, Macau, North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine (specifically Crimea & LNR/DNR), Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen, Vietnam, Zimbabwe. 

#3: Why should I choose Aria over ChatGPT? 

Aria differs from ChatGPT in several aspects. It’s directly integrated with the Opera browser, offering real-time access to the internet, including time and weather data. Its unique Highlight Tooltip and Command Line features enable smoother browsing, making information finding effortless. Plus, it’s completely free. 

Still have unanswered questions about Aria? Then, check out our Aria help page, for more FAQs & answers. 

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