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. It speeds up page load times by 40%, and 2. It reduces data consumption up to 14% to help lower phone bills. Faster load times are always desirable, but especially so when network conditions are not at their best. Similarly, many consumers subscribe to metered service plans, which makes every bit of data count. The ad blocker in Opera Mini is not on by default, users must activate it in the settings menu. Opera says the browser also now allows users to set home screen shortcuts to specific web pages, and features a redesigned Discover section for curated news feeds. Opera Mini for Android is free to download from the Google Play Store.
Opera Ad Blocker Now Available to Android, iOS, Windows
Jun 16, 2016
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.
‘Subscribe with Google’ to Ease Pain of Subscribing to News Sources
Mar 20, 2018
Google today announced Subscribe with Google, an easy way for people to subscribe to and pay for select news sources. Google has worked with a number of publishers over the last six months to develop the service.
Google Chrome for Android Becomes More Efficient
Sep 27, 2016
Google today updated its Chrome browser for Android devices with new tools to help reduce data usage, download pages for offline use, and discover more personalized content. To start, Data Saver has expanded to video.
Google Search App Gains Tappable Shortcuts
Mar 21, 2017
Google today said an update to its mobile search app should make it quicker and easier to find basic information via tappable shortcuts that are positioned underneath the search box. The shortcuts let people perform instant searches for a variety of items, including entertainment, sports, weather, food, news, and more.