Time for a new beta version of Opera for Android. It comes with a fresh engine and lots of fixes and improvements, but also a big change to the Discover feature. Once you’ve clicked an article in Discover, you can move to the next article just by swiping right.
With the Discover feature, we offer a quick, smooth and effortless way for you to find news and content in your mobile browser. In this improved version, you can easily pick your favorite category and swipe through news and articles. We are still working on the experience for tablets, and the approach for smaller-sized tablets will most likely change in the next beta iteration.
The Discover notification on the Speed Dial can still be deleted by dragging it to the trash, but you now also have the option to re-enable it in the Discover settings. This can be done in the Settings menu when using the Discover feature.
There is also a larger experimental change to the rendering architecture in this version, which will save some memory and remove a lot of glitches and black blinks — for example, when the device orientation changes.
So, to sum it up:
- Revamped Discover feature — swipe your way through the latest news.
- Fixed password manager, so it no longer fails to suggest saved passwords for many sites.
- Added new experimental rendering improvements.
- Added Discover setting to turn Speed Dial notifications on/off.
- Improved the page-loading spinner behavior — the combined search & address bar won’t pop up for in-page events anymore.
- Added “Copy link” context menu option on pages and in history view.
- Bumped Chromium version update to 34.
- Implemented various stability and usability improvements.
- Some translations are incomplete or missing (always the case for early betas).
- On some devices, tab thumbnails are black.
- Embedded videos sometime fail to play in Off-Road mode.
So, swipe your way and “discover” the latest news on your mobile with the Opera for Android beta, and as always — let us know what you think!