Author: Peter Wallman

New bookmarks in the updated Opera for Android

A lot of our time is spent looking for how to improve the day just a tad more, how to make it just a tiny bit brighter. Likewise, Opera is shaping the way we use the web. Little by little, we innovate and improve, one version at a time.

Organize the web your way
Have you been longing for more structure and nested folders? In this new version of Opera, we have added bookmarks and placed the feature where you can easily find it. Just tap the bookmarks icon on the Speed Dial, and you can arrange your bookmarks in any folders you like. You can drag, drop, select multiple entries and swipe to delete. It’s all there. Any existing Android bookmarks you may have are available in a separate bookmarks folder..


Improved Speed Dial
You can now keep better track of your favorite sites in Speed Dial. Add a new entry simply by tapping the big + button. You can now also edit a Speed Dial entry by long-tapping and dragging it to Edit at the top of the screen.

Swipe up to search
Now, Opera for Android makes online search even more easy. Just swipe upwards from anywhere on your Android device, even outside the Opera browser, and you’ll start a search. It’s all about making small improvements, but huge impact.

Once you’ve downloaded Opera for Android, it gets added in the phone’s options for swipe-to-search. Here’s how you can set Opera for Android in swipe-to-search:
1. Swipe up
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2. Tap Opera for Android; then, tap Always.
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Note: The swipe-to-search gesture is only available on Android 4.1 and above, and, on some devices, this action is invoked by long-pressing the home button instead.

Opera 25 for Android is available in the Google Play store as a free download. Try it today and tell us what you think about it in the comments below. :)

New Opera for Android: Managing your tabs is just a tap away

There’s a new version of Opera for Android, and it’s ready for you to download free now.

Tap and swipe to manage your tabs
With the new Opera for Android, managing your tabs is only a tap away. Now, you can close tabs with a simple gesture – from the tab manager, just swipe up tabs you don’t need. Made a mistake and closed a tab you weren’t supposed to? Don’t worry – now you can also reopen recently-closed tabs by pressing the menu button in the tab UI.
How to manage tabs in Opera for Android
As you can see in the screenshots above, the menu is at the bottom of the screen. This is more convenient when you use the phone with one hand and is something you can configure yourself by going into settings and set App layout to Classic.

Remember that with Opera for Android, you can choose how your browser looks:
Choose the look of Opera for Android

Resume your downloads
Now, it’s possible to do proper resuming when a download fails or being paused. Have you had problems with downloading large files? We’ve now fixed a recent issue so big downloads no longer fail when using Off-Road mode.

Browse faster by swiping
In this new Opera for Android, you also get a better-looking and better-working overview mode in the Discover feature. We’ve made your Discover experience breezier. After clicking a Discover article, you can just swipe to the right to move on to the next article in that story category.

Security fix
One mobile-specific security issue was fixed in this release. In some cases, Opera could end up showing the wrong URL in the address bar, which would allow spoofing. This issue has now been fixed, and we would like to thank moonflow for reporting the issue to us.

Once you’ve taken the new Opera on your Android phone for a spin, join the discussion and let us know what you think! Download it now for free from Google Play.

If you don’t have Google Play on your device, you can download an apk file here.

Opera for Android: Revamped Discover feature

Today, we have a new version of Opera for Android with a lot of improvements and fixes. It’s free and ready for you to download now.

Have you been annoyed that your logins and passwords have not been properly stored? Sorry about that; but, rest assured that the problem is fixed now.

To uncover the biggest visual change in this version, you need to swipe to the right of your Speed Dial and take a look at the Discover feature. As always, it’s updated with the latest and greatest from your fields of interest. And now, you can simply and smoothly swipe through the article previews that the Discover feature has collected for you.
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We are also happy to announce that a lot of rendering glitches are removed in this version, since we have reworked the rendering code.

Since the last version, we’ve:
- Revamped the Discover feature; swipe your way through the latest news.
- Fixed the password manager; it no longer fails to suggest saved passwords for many sites.
- Improved screen rendering; now, there’s less glitches when you bring up the keyboard or rotate the screen.
- Improved the page-loading spinner behavior; the combined search & address bar won’t pop up for in-page events anymore.
- Added a copy link context menu option.
- Updated Chromium to version 34.
- Implemented various stability and usability improvements.

Take the new Opera on your Android phone for a spin and let us know what you think!
You can get Opera from Google Play. You can also download at opera.com.

Swipe your way and Discover a new beta!

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.

Known issues:
- 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!

Fine-tuning the Opera for Android browser

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: Super comfy browsing

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:
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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.

Or, this:
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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:
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Group the websites you visit the most into Speed Dial folders.

Install Opera Android for free on Google Play.

A new beta on Android

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! 

Opera browser for Android gets an update

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:

Discover
- No more missing images

History
- 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
- 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!
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