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Opera for Android Exits Beta

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May 21, 2013, 9:44 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Opera today announced that its WebKit-based Android browser has graduated from beta status and is now available to all from the Google Play Store. The browser had been in testing for the last several months so Opera could fine-tune the WebKit rendering engine. Previously, Opera used its own Presto rendering engine. Opera's customizations include a revised Speed Dial screen, simplified tab management, and deep browsing history support. The browser also offers server-side compressions should users wish to conserve mobile data usage. The browser is free to download and runs on devices with Android 2.3 and up.


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May 21, 2013, 12:10 PM

Still kind of flaky

Still lots of "failed to transcode" errors and more minor jitters. The only good news is that they added an option to move the menu and navigation buttons back to the bottom of the screen (except for the go/stop button, which is attached to the address box). Opera no longer believes in bookmarks (they want everything dumped on the home screen as a tile now), and apparently they are too stubborn to give you the option to have a list of bookmarks because they are so in love with their new bad idea.

This new non-beta webkit version replaces Opera Mobile as an update (though it is not labeled as Mobile). The previous version is still available from the Amazon app store if anyone has been tricked into this "update" and wants to revert to th...
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