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!
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!
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.
It's not a new concept, but there have been some new developments of late that promise to make it more of a near-term reality.
As the New York Times reported yesterday, a consortium of big companies have agreed on a new open standard for machine-to-machine communication. This is already used in everything from healthcare devices to stock trading. But having open standards will make it easier for more devices all over the world, connecting via the mobile web, to speak the same language.
But they won't only talk to each other - connected things will need to talk to us too. It's a situation that has both complex technical issues as well as political and commercial challenges.
Bringing together those theoretical questions with practical applications of the technology, there is an upcoming conference on the internet of things: it's happening in Sao Paolo this May.
(No word on whether your fridge needs a separate invitation.)
As we race towards a release of the new Opera for Android, we are also continuing to work hard on our existing products. Today we released Opera Mini 7.5.2 for Android. In addition to the security and stability updates, we also made improvements to the following:
Improved font calculation method
Improved fonts for hi-res devices
Page layout improvements
Various stabilization fixes
For more information or questions check out this forum post.
We had a small font issue with this build. An update has been released!