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!
Today, Opera for Android gets an update.
Among other work behind the scenes, we’ve fixed these issues:
- Empty tab manager thumbnails
- Passwords sometimes not stored
- Speaker phone always turned on
- Common crash when playing video on specific sites
- Issue with loading spinner after a session restore
Your report and feedback from our previous release has helped us with fine-tuning the Opera for Android browser. Thanks!
Opera for Android got an update today. We think you’ll find that this is now a better browser for your phone. Here are some reasons why:
You can do this:
It works flawlessly. Video chatting is quick and easy with Opera browser’s WebRTC support. Sites like appear.in are great examples for this technology, if you want to test it out.
It’s up to you. Choose phone, classic or tablet view and change how your Opera browser looks.
And we’re guessing you would want to do this:
Group the websites you visit the most into Speed Dial folders.
Install Opera Android for free on Google Play.
We have just upgraded the beta channel on Android with a fresh version of Opera.
The upgrade includes a new Chromium version (33), a lot of improvements, bug fixes and tweaks, but also some more visible changes.
Configure the UI the way you like it. We have gotten feedback that you would like to be able to choose what UI layout to use. Some of you like the phone UI on your tablet or the other way around. Now, we’ve added a setting, so you can choose from the three modes: Phone, Classic and Tablet.
The Speed Dial entries now have a more modern, square look.
Search made simpler. Your search query will now be kept intact in the combined search and address bar. It’s simple to change and refine your search or to try the same search with another search engine.
WebRTC support. You can now do video calls within your mobile browser. You could try this out by visiting appear.in — no registration or login required, and it’s free.
Instant news on your Speed Dial. We are experimenting with showing some news items on the Speed Dial for easy access.
Note that this update requires some new permissions: Bluetooth, vibration, modify audio settings and record audio needed for WebRTC and HTML5 Vibration API support.
Let us know what you think. Happy browsing!
We’re updating the Opera browser for Android today. We are busy looking into our mobile products and this version in particular does not contain anything big or sexy, mostly minor fixes. But these bug and stability fixes are very important because it makes sure the Opera browser works well, whatever Android device you’re using.
Here’s a quick look into some of the fixes we’ve implemented:
- No more missing images
- Two-column layout history view is now fixed, and will not blank out when removing an item from a big list
- Scroll position is now remembered in tablet history view
- Expanded history items will now be remembered per tab
- Speed Dial screen will now scroll up every time you open the Tab Bar
- Speed Dial items now show up properly in omnibar suggestions.
An additional feature is also rolling out in history view. You can now long press on an item to delete an entry.
You can get Opera browser for Android in Google Play.
Try it and tell us what you think about it. Enjoy!