How many, no, but what kind they are, as I said, certainly. We can't do much more about that than talk though and in my experience, they don't care much about what we say in here.
It certainly isn't easy to make a good browser and it's very time consuming, but if you don't distinguish yourself from the competition, you'll certainly have a problem making profits(no idea how they do that with a free browser though) since people won't be particularly drawn to it.
Currently, it still has the reputation to be yet another chrome clone(I know it's more, but that's the general opinion I see from most new user coming here). Even though it's slowly getting away from that with every version, it will take time and in the mean time, it must be pretty hard to interest people in it with a good portion of user abandoning the browser because of the changes.
I assume they know better than me how these things work and that they didn't take the decision lightly, but I don't see how they'll manage to make profits by staying a minimalistic browser when chrome already has that reputation and is much more advertised than opera could possibly be.
I'm not agreed that Opera needs a lot more functions in it's basic browser to match others. It needs some, I think, -- like a good bookmarks manager importer and exporter. I would not try, though, to match features, as that's a bottomless pit, and goes against what I believe to be the idea -- keeping the browser lean and fast, and to leave the features for the extensions. When Opera 17 (Blink) was compared against Firefox, IE and Chrome, it did extremely well:
They also noted that if you keep the browser open a lot, Opera Blink is the best choice because "initial page loads are the quickest of all the browsers tested."
And by the way, Firefox was crawling. On page load time, non-cached mode: Opera 17 (3.526 seconds), Firefox (11.091 seconds). On page load time from cache: Opera 17 (1.685 seconds), Firefox (5.179 seconds). Maybe too many features made it a tortoise.
I'm not saying there can't be some additions to the basic Opera blink browser, though the bulk of the extra functionality should come via extension. I'm not worried about Opera needing to play a lot of catch-up. They're varooooom, fast. Even Secretariat might have ended up lapped by this browsing demon. It's the others -- feature heavy -- who will need to fear being left behind.