Do you love watching video? New features landing in the Opera browsers now make it easier than ever to enjoy online video. Opera is tapping into the huge popularity of online video, and into user demand for high-quality video that is as flexible and affordable as possible.
Keep calm and binge on: the latest for watching online video
Many features for enhanced video viewing have newly launched in the Opera mobile and desktop browsers.
Multitasking with online video: In the newest version of Opera for computers, we’ve upped the ante with a video pop out feature. It uniquely enables you to move a video out of the browser tab and into a standalone frame, which can be moved around the screen. That way, you can continue browsing – or even using other programs – while watching your favorite clips or series. Video pop out works in many video sites including YouTube, Dailymotion, Netflix and Vimeo.
Downloading video: Our latest update of Opera Mini for Android allows you to download videos to your phone’s internal storage or SD card. The new video-download feature handles downloading natively, so you don’t have to spend time finding and installing a third-party app. It works on social media and video websites without their own built-in media players. It offers hassle-free downloading and repeat viewing – without using up more data, even if you go offline.
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Reduce buffering delays: Stalled videos can cause frustration and waste time, and watching from a mobile or tablet can quickly chew through your data plan. Unstable or congested networks also cause a poor, choppy video viewing experience. The video boost feature in Opera’s mobile browsers reduces the size of video data before it lands on your phone. Video boost cuts down video loading time and combats buffering delays, plus extends the life of your mobile data plan.
Managing data: Our data-savings app Opera Max lets you reduce and manage your data consumption, including video. The tool shrinks video data to as little as half its original size – not just in the browser, but across most apps on your Android phone, including YouTube, Netflix, MX Player and VivaVideo. Opera Max also lets you restrict certain apps to using Wi-Fi only, so that you don’t start chewing through mobile data when you step away from a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Breaking down barriers: It’s not only the browsers getting new video features. May and August saw the release of Opera VPN, an app for iOS and Android that gives you a virtual private network. As well as enhancing online privacy, the app helps users access restricted video-streaming websites, like on campus and workplace networks. Opera VPN lets you choose one out of five virtual locations for region switching: USA, Canada, Germany, Singapore and The Netherlands. Opera’s desktop browser has also previewed an integrated VPN feature, the first major browser to do so.
What are your favorite features in the Opera apps and browsers for watching online video? Tell us in the comments!