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WebKit-based Opera Browser for Android Available

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Presto! Hocus Pocus

Charles Bigelow

Mar 5, 2013, 9:27 AM
Webkit based Opera Browser. I wonder whose platform they are most similar to. Chrome or Safari?
They finally realized that their proprietary Presto platform is not compatible with all websites.
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Eric M. Zeman

Mar 5, 2013, 10:03 AM
Have you checked it out? I got to see it in Barcelona last week and was impressed with the custom UI stuff for personalization. It was fast on the demo devices I saw, but that doesn't necessarily translate to real-world behavior.
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Globhead

Mar 5, 2013, 11:12 AM
I just installed it on a Nexus S, and it doesn't work especially well. The existing Opera Mobile is also a little sluggish, but mostly works OK.

The first thing that happened is the welcome wizard crashed, but that went away and it started working.

The screen blinks on and off a lot when loading Fox or CNN, sometimes entirely and sometimes in partial chunks. It also sometimes goes completely black when loading a new page.

For some reason it keeps trying to kill my brightness manager and reset the brightness setting. I have no idea why, but Chrome also does this which is one reason I don't use Chrome. Opera Mobile did not do this.

I tried using the full ebay website, which is a monster for javascript. I think it is actually w...
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Globhead

Mar 5, 2013, 11:13 AM
And it just crashed when I tried to pull down the Android status screen.
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Eric M. Zeman

Mar 5, 2013, 11:51 AM
Earning its "beta" status, I see. :/
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KOL4420

Mar 5, 2013, 11:54 AM
Haha. I love Chrome and Skyfire on my Note 2. I dont see myself using any other browser. Never liked Opera Mini to begin with their layout never really appealed to me. sigh. Great review and hilarious reaction Eric xD.
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muchdrama

Mar 7, 2013, 12:35 AM
Eric M. Zeman said:
Have you checked it out? I got to see it in Barcelona last week and was impressed with the custom UI stuff for personalization. It was fast on the demo devices I saw, but that doesn't necessarily translate to real-world behavior.


I installed the Opera Beta on my Optimus Elite--hooray!, the mobile Facebook site finally displays correctly!
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