Opera Hopes New Android Browser Will Push Growth
Opera Software today announced a wholly refreshed version of Opera Mini for Android devices. Opera gave the browser a new user interface based on Material Design, which lends the browser a more native look and feel to Android devices. Beyond the revised UX, Opera Mini for Android has a simplified menu, an overhauled Speed Dial feature (for favorites), and a private browsing mode. Users can customize the browser's layout, and the UI scales better on larger phones and tablets. Opera updated the Discover newsfeed to make news discovery easier and made the data counter more visible. Opera Mini is a proxy-based browser, which means Opera compresses web pages on its servers before delivering them over wireless networks. This is meant to help cut down data consumption. Opera believes the new browser will help it grow its user base from 130 million users today to 275 million by 2017. Opera's browser competes with Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, and myriad other browsers.
Opera Ad Blocker Now Available to Android, iOS, Windows
Opera updated several of its mobile browsers today, bringing its ad blocking tool to Android, iOS, and Windows handsets. First, Opera refreshed its main Opera browser for Android.
Opera Mini for Android Puts the Kibosh On Ads
Opera today released a new version of its Opera Mini browser for Android and gave it a native ad blocker. Opera claims the ad blocker serves two purposes: 1.
Opera Mini for Windows Phone Exits Beta
Opera today said its Opera Mini web browser is now available as a stable release for Windows Phone. The browser had been available as a beta for several months.
Opera Mini for Android Adds Video Boost
Opera today updated its Opera Mini browser for Android devices and added video compression to improve playback and reduce data usage. Opera says the Video Boost tool should cut down buffering times and provide smoother performance on mobile devices when streaming video over cellular networks.