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!