Monthly Archives: May 2013

The next version of Opera, available now

Today we are releasing a brand-new version of Opera for you to try out. As the name suggests, Opera Next for Windows and Mac is a sneak preview of the next release of our desktop browser.

When it comes to making a completely new and improved web browser, there are a few indispensable elements such as: powerful technology,
clean and modern design,
and fresh new ideas.

But most important of all is your feedback, so please have a look at the next version of Opera and these new features:

Speed Dial

Opera DiscoverLighter, brighter, and with the addition of a search box and folders to make it fun and easy to stay organized.

Stash

Opera DiscoverThink of it as your browser’s back pocket – a nifty way to store pages temporarily, like when you’re doing research or comparing online offers.

Discover

Opera DiscoverWith 13 different content categories across more than 30 languages, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding more news and entertainment online.

Combined address and search bar

Opera DiscoverSearch smarter, with an all-in-one window that guesses what you’re looking for as you type – and gives you a choice of search providers.

Opera Mail

On popular demand we have split the Opera Mail client from our desktop browser. The new Opera Mail can be found as a snapshot on the Opera Desktop Team blog.

Download Opera Next

Opera Next is as always free and available from www.opera.com/next. Please let us know what you think. You can submit comments or feedback right here!

Get Opera Mobile for Android here, and learn tips about our new product

Since we launched the new Opera browser for Android on May 21, a lot of you have sent us your feedback, which we are extremely thankful for. We're now in the process of improving the new product, and making a better browser based on what you have told us so far.

Some of you have had a bumpy ride with the new product, and we are sorry to hear that. If you are experiencing difficulties with the latest upgrade, we recommend that you give the old version of Opera Mobile a try while we iron things out with the new version. You can download that here: http://opera.com/o/omc

Meanwhile, our latest version of Opera for Android has been updated as of May 29 to address a number of known issues.

We would like to use this opportunity to address some things that are to come, and a few useful tips and tricks:

Opera Link

Opera Link is available in a web version for the Opera for Android browser. The web version is accessible through the Settings page under the Opera logo in the browser. We plan on expanding the Opera Link feature in the future.

Exit button

To exit Opera, simply long-press the back button to access the quick history navigation menu. Along with a list of previously visited pages, you will find an exit option.

Fit to screen

This feature is now disabled by default, but you can easily re-enable this in Settings.

Full screen mode

In portrait mode, the address bar will hide automatically when the page is scrolled; in landscape mode, it is accessible by clicking the full-screen button.

Address and navigation bar on top

We have moved the navigation bar to the top of the screen. If you would rather have the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, this can be changed in Settings.

Please continue to send us your feedback on the new product so we can improve and build an even greater browser for you.

Android hangout with Opera

With the launch of Opera for Android yesterday, we got a ton of questions about the new browser. To help answer some of these, two of our in-house experts are going to host a Google+ Hangout tomorrow.

Nuno Sitima, SVP in the Consumer Browser department and Program Manager Gautam Chandna will be online on Friday the 24th starting at 3PM CEST. Just drop by the Opera Google Plus page for the direct link before we start!

Be sure to follow our other social channels for more Opera for Android tips and tricks!

Out today: Opera for Android, full and final!

After months of hard work, the brand new Opera for Android is here. With a totally new UI – re-built from scratch – there are tons of new and updated features to discover. If you can't wait, simply head on over to Google Play or m.opera.com with your phone!

Tabs. Better than ever.

From a thumbnail view of tabs to private browsing, Tabs on Android is made for the way you surf the mobile web. It's also even easier to mark tabs as favorites, right in the address field.

Speed Dial. Reinvented.

A common request has been the ability to organize your Speed Dials. In this version we introduce folders in your Speed Dial. Simply drag and drop to create a new folder.

Discover. Stay one step ahead.

Get news, the latest cool content and other suggestions tailor-made for you with the Discover feature.

Off-Road Mode. All-conditions browsing.

Enabling Off-Road mode provides you with the great speed and functionality from Opera Mini. Compressing web pages so you can stay online even when your connection slows down or you're outside your regular network . Off-Road Mode effectively saves you money by reducing your data consumption.

Download Manager. Made better.

With the ability to start, pause, resume and rename files, you can download and keep the movies, music and other media files you want at your convenience.

Automatic text wrap

During our beta it seems text wrapping was a favorite feature in Opera. With all the amazing feedback we worked long hours to get this ready for launch.

Customizable address bar

So many devices. So many different versions of Android. To give you the best possible experience regardless of your phone or the size of your hands – we let you have the navigation either on top or at the bottom of the screen. Try it out in the settings!

And that's just the beginning.

Opera for Android supports Gingerbread and up with tablet support soon to follow. We would like to thank everyone who helped us test the beta. Text-wrapping, fullscreen mode and other great features are there thanks to your feedback – we could not have done this without you!

Discover Opera for Android on Google Play.

Featured Extension: Instant-Dictionary

If you don't know the words to a song, you can always hum. But what if you don't know the words to what you're reading on the web?

Then you need a dictionary!

The instant dictionary extension for Opera not only provides instant explanations of highlighted words in English – it also works as a translator.

This function is especially useful if you are learning another language. In the default settings, you can set your native language, as well as your "target" language (the one you are learning), so the extension will automatically translate in that direction.

You can read more about this extension's features on the developer's blog.

Helpful and fun to use, Instant Dictionary is the definition of a great addition to Opera.

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