Today, we’ve released a new beta of Opera for Android, version 37. Besides the usual Chromium upgrade, this release comes with some interesting features, which we’d love you to test.

In the “Data savings settings”, you now find an option to “Block ads”, so you can save even more data and speed up page loads. Note that, at this point, a restart of the browser is required for the ad blocker to be activated. Also, the ad blocking feature only works as part of “Data savings”, so you have to have that turned on for ads to be blocked. Do let us know if it speeds up and improves your browsing experience!
Another feature we’ve added is “Site settings”: under this menu option, you find an overview of permissions you’ve granted to individual sites, and it’s super easy to manage these permissions on a per-site basis. For instance, you may want to allow a video conferencing site to access your camera and microphone, while you block a search engine from accessing your location… and if you change your mind, it’s simple to grant or revoke permissions — a big improvement over cleaning the complete browser cache and starting from scratch, which was the only solution thus far!
And, as the icing on the cake, we’ve also added support for web notifications via Service Workers, of which you can find a simple demo here. This allows websites to use the system notification area to post relevant notifications and updates (after you’ve granted permission, of course).

Note that web push notifications are not supported yet, but we’re working on that as well for an upcoming release.

Update (June 1st): Web push notifications are now supported in the latest beta as well! You can try it out on this push demo page, and we expect this to work on other sites soon as well, once they remove their browser sniffing.

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  • NoName

    Adblocker works great.

    I hope we get it for non-data-saving mode as well?

  • mm utoo

    Thisis very good news! One feature I really missed was adblocking. One other future I really miss is the ability to open links in the background without switching to the browser. This is what Firefox calls “open multiple links”.

  • siyangqiu

    Adblocker works! And appreciate the site settings. Could we also get the full screen modes from Opera Mini?

  • SQL

    Why can’t we use the adblocker without having to use the whole data savings feature?

    For me having to use datasaving makes siteloads significantly slower to load + i always have access to a high-speed wifi so i don’t really need it. What i’d like would be having access to the adblocker on it’s own to speed up my browsing. Currently using adblocker (because of the datasaving stuff) makes my browsing slower than without it. Ideally it’d be the opposite.

    • waddupdoc

      I would guess that when data savings is enabled all statistics about blocked ads will be harvested by Opera who will then onsell those statistics to the ad agencies. So you may not be seeing the ads and the ads may not be tracking you … but Opera is, and Opera may be making money from this. Same reason that someone below mentioned Google ads not being blocked … Opera will be making money 🙂


      Data savings settings nessary as it routes traffic through opera servers. Opera servers in turn do the dirty job filtering and gives a clean version of the site you requsted.

      • Marvin R.

        so HTTPS and SSL/TLS is useless because Opera can read everything?

        • RAJKUMAR N

          No https ssl and all will still be valid.
          Proxy cant able to analyze the encrypted analyzes frames and originating urls and effectively blocks 90 %. Spam ads.

          • Marvin R.

            So you are saying Opera proxy still knows which exact TLS/SSL URL I’m browsing to? Just a reminder: Everything below the main part of the URL is also encrypted and not visible to other people (this is how services like Google etc. hide their Docs/Pictures).

  • myxelloss

    Fantastic release! Thanks for your work!

    Another feature I miss is the password sync between desktop and mobile. At least to have the option to do so.

    And I use this in a tablet with a physical keyboard, and I noticed that no shortcuts can be used (arrows to navigate through the interface, open/close tabs, etc.), while other browsers allow that. That would be great to use a tablet to substitute a laptop!

    Thanks again! 🙂

  • skt.diaz

    Hope to see adblocking in the stable version soon

  • Adoxographist

    Google ads don’t get blocked….a conspiracy?

  • Yuri Peixoto

    Going to the beta right now! (I was using the “regular” app)

  • Marvin R.

    I want to use the adblocker without data-saving and I want to be able to configure it with my own lists.

  • Nikki Bella

    Seriously Opera Help me so much 🙂 thank you opera Nicole Garcia Colace