Kunlun Tech, which owns Opera, made the announcement on Wednesday that the niche web browser intends to incorporate ChatGPT into its products.
The functions’ timing or availability across all of Opera’s products, which include desktop and mobile browsers for iOS and Android, were not disclosed.
The announcement comes after Microsoft and Google revealed plans this week to incorporate chatbot technology from artificial intelligence into their respective search engines. Since its release at the end of November, ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI with funding from Microsoft, has seen a surge in popularity.
According to Statcounter data for January, Google’s Chrome browser has the largest market share worldwide—65.4%—while Microsoft’s Edge browser has a 4.5 percent share.
According to the data, Opera has a 2.4% share of the global browser market, putting it sixth overall.
As of the third quarter, Opera, which is based in Norway and also runs a gaming-specific browser, had an average of 321 million active users per month. According to the company, revenue increased by 28% year-over-year to $85.3 million in the third quarter thanks to the gaming browser business.
Kunlun Tech, the parent company, has its headquarters in Beijing and is listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange. The company announced in December that it would open source its work on a variety of artificial intelligence-generated content, including music and images.
So far this year, Kunlun Tech shares have increased by more than 40%. Opera’s shares, which trade on the Nasdaq, have gained just over 10% during that time.
In a flurry of announcements, numerous businesses have developed ChatGPT-like products.
This week, the tech giant Baidu in China said that it will probably finish testing its own artificial intelligence chatbot internally in March before making the product available to the general public.
Alibaba also has a rival to ChatGPT in the works, but it didn’t say when.
Comparing these new AI features to ChatGPT’s capabilities is unclear.
Statcounter says that when it comes to mobile search, Google has a whopping 96.5 percent share of the global market, while Baidu comes in second with 0.7 percent.
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