Opera Adds a Voice Output Feature for Its Browser

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Opera GX, the browser for gamers, has updated its built-in artificial intelligence engine, Aria, with image generation and understanding, voice output, a chat summary option, and links to sources.

The new release, part of Opera's experimental AI Feature Drops program in the Developer stream of the Opera One browser, can read answers out loud using Google's WaveNet model. It benefits those who normally use screen readers to multitask or hear information instead of reading it.

The release also places a strong focus on the visual, gaining the ability to turn text prompts and descriptions into unique images using the image generation model Imagen2 by Google. Aria identifies the user's intention to generate an image based on conversational prompts. It also includes image understanding capabilities. This means that users can now upload an image to Aria that they can then ask the AI tool about as part of the chat conversation. For example, if the image is an unknown headset, it will identify its brand and model as well as provide some context about it. Or a user can take a picture of a math problem and ask Aria how to solve it.

In this update, the text-based chat experience with Aria has also been improved thanks to Chat Summary and Links to Sources features. The former provides a concise summary of entire conversations with Aria; the latter feature supplies links to sources about the topics of conversations, enabling users to get more context regarding their inquiries.

Opera GX also has received reworked Aria Command Line and an up-to-date AI assistant that is now more accessible and capable.

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