Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch gets its first full web browser

The internet is something we are used to accessing wherever we are and on practically every device we use. But, for some reason, the smartwatch has been stripped of an internet browser – until today. We’re happy to announce that Opera Mini has become the first web browser on a Tizen-based smartwatch, the new Samsung Gear S.

Opera Mini web browser powers Samsung Gear S

An experience designed for watch faces
Opera Mini includes many touch-friendly features that become extra handy on a smartwatch. For example, the website shortcuts on Opera Mini’s Speed Dial appear as large buttons, enabling Gear S users to reach their favorite sites in a single tap.

You can easily navigate the web on your Samsung Gear S. To zoom, double-tap with a finger, or, to get a more precise view, just pinch to zoom. A gentle swipe with your finger will take you forward and back.

Features that make smart watches a go-to device
The Smart Page feature displays links based on the sites you visit most frequently; a number of suggested links are also displayed by category. You can even add your social-media networks to the Smart Page, for more convenient access to your newsfeeds.

You can easily save webpages for offline reading, too, which is perfect for maps that you might need for a hike or run in an area with sketchy internet coverage.

Data savings for life on the go
Opera Mini is a internet browser designed to run smoothly, even where internet access is slow and coverage is poor. It employs data-saving technology that shrinks the size of webpages to as little as 10%, helping to load image-heavy pages in a snap. So, if you’re working out in a crowded gym or running in the foothills where mobile coverage is weak, you can still enjoy a full-web browsing experience that’s faster and more data-efficient, right from your wrist.

The Samsung Gear S runs Opera Mini version 7.5, with all its features and functionality. Samsung Gear S owners will be able to download Opera Mini from Samsung Gear Apps for free.

Speed up your browsing in Opera with handy keyboard shortcuts

In many cases, using keyboard shortcuts in the browser can make your work faster compared to relying on the mouse only. In fact, shortcuts can replace most of the pointing and clicking you do, and you won’t even need to take your hands off the keyboard. According to the portal Brainscape, keyboard shortcuts we can save us an average of 2 seconds every minute.

2 minutes of precious time saved every hour – sounds attractive, doesn’t it?

Useful keyboard shortcuts in Opera browser

Here are some of the most popular shortcuts that can be helpful in Opera for computers. The combinations below are for Windows users. If you’re on Mac, you’ll need to press instead of Ctrl.

  • Activate the address bar: Ctrl+L
  • Save the page: Ctrl+S
  • Find a word or a phrase on the page: Ctrl+F
  • Reload the page: Ctrl+R
  • Open a new tab (open Speed Dial): Ctrl+T
  • Close the current tab: Ctrl+W
  • Re-open the last closed tab: Ctrl+Shift+T
  • Open the history: Ctrl+H (Cmd+Shift+H on Mac)
  • Cycle forward through open tabs (forward): Ctrl+Tab (Windows and Mac)
  • Cycle backward through open tabs (backward): Ctrl+Shift+Tab (Windows and Mac)
  • Open a private window: Ctrl+Shift+N

Most of these shortcuts work in all the main browsers. So, if you switched to Opera just recently, you won’t need to change your navigating habits.

If you want to use advanced keyboard shortcuts, single-key or alternatively-configured, go to the preferences page, scroll to Shortcuts and check the following box: Enable advanced keyboard shortcuts.

Enabling advanced keyboard shortcuts in Opera browser

For the full list of keyboard shortcuts that work in Opera for computers, please review our help pages. There, you’ll also find instructions about mouse gestures.

What keyboard shortcuts have you turned into a habit while browsing in Opera?

What’s your desktop story?

We all have something unique to show when it comes to our workspaces. So, we wanted to share what ours look like:

Some of our developers also joined in:

And, here are a few more desktop stories from our Marketing team:

We’re curious what your desktops look like. Care to share a photo? Use the hashtags #mydesktop and #opera, and we’ll share your photos to our Facebook fans and Twitter followers. Here are some of the most interesting submissions we’ve seen so far:

We’re looking forward to more stories from you. Keep those photos coming!

10 kick-ass Amazon Fire TV apps made in a snap by Opera

Do you have an Amazon Fire TV keeping your living room entertained? We’re happy to announce that there are new apps created with an Opera Software technology coming to the Amazon Fire TV, a set-top box from Amazon that brings online content to your Smart TV.

Opera has a unique technology called Opera TV Snap that makes it possible to transform online video channels into apps ready-to-run on your Smart TV. Now, you can enjoy your favorite videos on the best screen in the house.

Check out these 10 Opera-transformed apps from popular video channels on your Amazon Fire TV:
– Cops
– The North Face
– Young Hollywood
– FashionTV
– Green.TV
– GTChannel
– Arrival TV
– Mahogany
– Outside Television
– EpicTV

10 apps in a snap by Opera for Smart TVs

It’s easy to find these new video apps on your Smart TV. Look for them by name using voice or keyboard search with the Amazon Fire TV remote control. Or, from the Amazon Fire TV home screen, select Apps from the menu on the left; then, browse through your favorite content categories.

Enjoy!

Pinned tabs in Opera for computers

Sometimes, you want to make sure that a tab won’t be closed accidentally. This is where pinned tabs in Opera for computers can help. Simply right-click on a tab and select Pin Tab.

A pinned tab will stay permanently at the left of the tab bar. This can be very useful when you have a lot of tabs opened, and you need to make sure a particular tab stays open. You can, for example, pin the tab with your blog — while you’re writing your new post and simultaneously searching for information on other tabs.

Remember that you can also unpin a tab. Just right-click on the pinned tab and select Unpin Tab.

Pinning and unpinning tabs in Opera for Windows:

Take care of important tabs with Opera for computers.

Take care of important tabs with Opera for computers. Pinning and unpinning a tab in Opera for Windows is easy.

Pinning and unpinning tabs in Opera for Mac:

Take care of important tabs with Opera for computers.

Pin important tabs in Opera for Mac.

Try pinning some tabs today with Opera for computers!

How to speed up slow internet on computers and phones

Having a slow internet connection can be seriously frustrating. We’re used to being able to instantly access information, connect with people and get things done online. But, sometimes things happen to make your internet connection crawl, such as the broken undersea internet cable in Southeast Asia that is expected to take around 20 days to fix.

Opera browsers can help in areas with slow internet because of the broken undersea internet cable in Southeast Asia.

One of the major undersea internet cables in Southeast Asia is broken and is the cause of slow internet specifically in Brunei, Guam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Opera browsers can help you speed up slow internet connections. Our compression technology speeds up webpage loading in our browsers for computers and phones.

For computers:
When experiencing slow internet conditions, be sure to activate Opera Turbo. You can enable Opera Turbo directly from your Opera browser by clicking Opera > Opera Turbo.

For Java or BlackBerry phones:
If you’re using a Java or BlackBerry phone, try Opera Mini, which has the compression feature enabled by default. There’s no need to search for the option in the menu to turn it on. If you don’t have Opera Mini yet, you can download it for free.

For Android phones:
If you’re using the Opera for Android browser, you can activate the Off-Road compression mode by tapping the Opera logo and turning on Off-Road mode. For older models of Android phones, try Opera Mini, which has compression enabled by default.

For iOS phones:
For Opera Mini for iOS, there are two compression options to choose from. You can activate them by tapping the Opera logo and then selecting Data Savings > Opera Mini or Opera Turbo.
1. Opera Mini mode is the mode to choose when you’re on the go and when connections are slow.
2. Opera Turbo mode provides a full web experience, while still compressing webpages.

Opera Mini beta for Windows Phone

For nearly a decade, Opera Mini has been a trusted mobile browser to millions of mobile phone owners across the world – giving them faster and more affordable internet. We’ve constantly worked to make Opera Mini available on a variety of platforms, based on how our users are accessing the internet. Now, Opera Mini is available for Windows Phone in a beta version.

Adding Opera Mini to yet another platform is a huge commitment, so we’ve decided to launch this beta version to gain valuable feedback from the Windows Phone community.

We’re here for the long run, but we also need to gain experience. We’ve dipped our toes in the “Windows Phone waters”, but this is not the final version, merely the start of an exciting journey that we hope you’ll share with us and enjoy.

Opera Mini beta for Windows phone

Opera Mini beta for Windows phone

5 top features in Opera Mini beta for Windows Phone
This version has the same features as Opera Mini 7.5 for Android, Here are some of the most popular:

Fast browsing – Content-heavy webpages with lots of images and graphics load faster. We make webpages lighter, so you can enjoy the fastest browser for your device.

Data savings – Opera Mini can reduce webpages down to 10% of their normal size. That saves you data, giving you faster, cheaper internet.

Easier navigation – Bigger buttons and a clear layout make Opera Mini easy to use.

Better organization – The Speed Dial in Opera Mini allows you to reach all your favorite websites with one click, from the home screen of the browser. Add as many entries as you like!

Offline reading – The Saved Pages feature allows you to save pages for later reading, or for times you’re not connected to the internet.

Thanks for all your feedback
We’ve received a lot of feedback from the beta testers on the Opera forums, Windows Phone Store reviews and on our social-media profiles. This helps us improve Opera Mini for Windows Phone.

Thank you for testing Opera Mini beta on your Windows Phone. All the reports and comments you provide help us get closer to the final product. We appreciate all feedback.

Download Opera Mini beta for Windows Phone
and enjoy the fastest browser for Windows Phone.

Faster internet with Opera Turbo

This has probably happened to you: you’re on vacation, on a business trip or even just outside your own home, and your internet connection is slow. The flashback to 90’s dial-up overtakes you, and you find yourself at a loss. Well, you can speed up your browsing experience with Opera Turbo.

Get faster internet with Opera Turbo

All you need is the Opera browser, and you can turn on Opera Turbo. It’s easy and available for both Mac and Windows. Simply click on Opera in the top-left corner and select Opera Turbo.

Faster internet with Opera Turbo

How to turn on Opera Turbo

What does Opera Turbo do?

“So, what does this do?” you ask yourself, as you pet your cat ever so gently. Well, my cat-loving friend, Opera Turbo saves data by compressing the pages you view.

Let’s give you an analogy of how we do this. Every character you see on the screen has a name. Say that the letter E is named “01000101”. E is one of the most common letters in the English language, so we change its name to “0101”, assigning it a shorter code. Now, displaying the letter E takes up half the data.

How does data compression help you get faster internet?

Data compression

We do our best to cut away unneeded data that a page tries to send you. Whether that’s in pictures, videos or text, we discard data that humans can’t see or hear and won’t miss.

Less data = faster loading times!

Thanks to Opera Turbo, there’s no more gradual loading of an image – line by line – or waiting for a spinning wheel. Get what you need, right away.

Get Opera for computers and start to experience faster internet.
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Browsing securely with Opera for computers

There’s a quick and easy way to check if you’re browsing securely.

The green padlock
Look for the green padlock in the address bar, on the left from the website’s address. If it’s there, this means that your connection has been secured and you can be sure which website you’re visiting.
The green padlock means you're browsing securely

It’s important to make sure the websites you visit are safe when it comes to banking or shopping online, where you have to input personal details such as your bank-card number.

Opera’s fraud and malware protection
Opera’s fraud and malware protection also helps identify known malicious websites. You will be warned if a website tries to defraud you, steal your password, or install a virus.
Opera's malicious site warning also helps you browse securely

Security extension

If you want extra security measures, there are extensions for Opera for computers that check the sites you visit. WOT, for example, gives you a security overview of websites. A green light means you’re browsing securely, while red means many users have given the site bad reviews for security.
Add an Opera extension to make sure you're browsing securely

Make sure you’re browsing securely and try Opera for computers today!
Download Opera for computers to make sure you're browsing securely

Opera Steals the Show with 3 CTIA Wins

On the second day of Super Mobility Week 2014, Opera stole the show when CTIA – The Wireless Association announced its winners. Opera reigned victorious, snagging three highly coveted awards.

The hardware. From right to left: Hot for the Holidays first place award in the Productivity Category for Opera Max, E-Tech Award for Opera Mediaworks "Talk to Me" ad format, and Hot for the Holidays 3rd place award in the productivity category for Opera Coast

The hardware. From right to left: Hot for the Holidays first place award in the Productivity Category for Opera Max, E-Tech Award for Opera Mediaworks “Talk to Me” ad format, and Hot for the Holidays 3rd place award in the Productivity Category for Opera Coast.

Opera Max and Opera Coast dominated the Hot for the Holidays Awards, taking the 1st and 3rd places, respectively, in the Productivity category. The Hot for the Holidays Awards recognize the hottest mobile consumer electronics, including accessories and gadgets, spanning across categories such as Entertainment, Health, Home, Connected Car, and more — just in time for the holiday buying season.

Additionally, Opera Mediaworks brought home a win in the E-Tech Awards Mobile Marketing and Advertising category for the innovative ad format “Talk to Me”. The  E-Tech Awards winners represent the most innovative emerging mobile services, solutions and technology from areas such as the cloud, network equipment, M2M and the Internet of Things.

More than 50 industry experts, analysts and media examined and scored the nearly 300 entries across CTIA’s three programs to determine the finalists and winners. We’re unbelievably proud and excited to be recognized as an industry leader and would like to extend a big “thank you” to our dedicated teams who created these award-winning products.