Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Mar 2013 08:07 UTC
Opera Software "Opera Software announced a new and retooled version of their browser in February, and demonstrated it during Mobile World Congress. The Opera browser beta is live in the Play Store. It's a free download for just about any Android device, so get to it." The first Opera browser with WebKit.
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Some observations
by nej_simon on Tue 5th Mar 2013 10:18 UTC
nej_simon
Member since:
2011-02-11

It's actually quite fast. I've always found Chrome for Android to be a bit laggy but this beta doesn't lag, even on complex pages.

Sites that look at the user agent-string detects the beta as Chrome 25.

Despite being based on Chrome 25 it doesn't seem to have the font rendering bug that a lot of android users are suffering from.
https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=52248

Other issues are inherited from chrome though, sometimes font sizes are a bit screwy for example.

The UI is almost exactly like Chrome for android but it has a opera-menu and no side-swipe gestures.

Tab switching is annoying and requires three taps (one on the tab-button, one to select a tab and one to maximize it). Why not just put a tab bar on top like doplhin?

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RE: Some observations
by olejonbj on Tue 5th Mar 2013 10:45 UTC in reply to "Some observations"
olejonbj Member since:
2012-08-12

It definately seems to be using the Chromium code, as I have found bugs that are only in Chrome, not in the stock browser or WebKit-browsers on iOS.

This is a promising beta. I hope they don't lag behing Chromium so that when bugs are fixed in Chromium we have to wait a long time for Opera.

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So far so good
by Chrispynutt on Tue 5th Mar 2013 13:02 UTC
Chrispynutt
Member since:
2012-03-14

So far it is nice and quick. No Link integration yet. Much more Holo like though, even the way you remove the icons from the speedial is like ICS/JB's launcher.

Gives me hope.

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Looking forward
by ebasconp on Tue 5th Mar 2013 14:56 UTC
ebasconp
Member since:
2006-05-09

As a long time Opera fan, I'm looking forward to use the new WebKit-based Opera betas in the computers I use.

If Opera replaces its HTML engine and JS engine to WebKit and V8 but they keep all the other functionality (UI, extensions, opera turbo, opera link, dragonfly, etc.) I will be very very satisfied.

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Comment by Stratoukos
by Stratoukos on Tue 5th Mar 2013 16:43 UTC
Stratoukos
Member since:
2009-02-11

Dragonfly is gone (https://twitter.com/runeh/status/301616059729969152)

I'm probably sadder about dragonfly than presto actually.

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Meh.
by Kivada on Tue 5th Mar 2013 17:26 UTC
Kivada
Member since:
2010-07-07

And we lose another browser.

I'll stick with Firefox on mobile and all the nice anti web crap add-ons for it.

Reply Score: 2