Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st May 2013 15:53 UTC
Opera Software The new WebKit Opera for Android has been released. "Opera 14 for Android is built on top of Chromium 26, with a total overhaul of the UI in native code, making it fit well with the latest Android design guidelines. Go get the build from Google Play or point your browser to m.opera.com, and give it a spin!"
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Era
by judgen on Tue 21st May 2013 16:54 UTC
judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

The end of an era, and the beginning of a new.
Thanks opera for all your hard work, hope this pans out as planned.

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Comment by orestes
by orestes on Tue 21st May 2013 18:20 UTC
orestes
Member since:
2005-07-06

Cool. now we just need the desktop version to appear

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Comment by aligatro
by aligatro on Tue 21st May 2013 19:04 UTC
aligatro
Member since:
2010-01-28

no tablet version. ;)

Edited 2013-05-21 19:04 UTC

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Comment by tkeith
by tkeith on Tue 21st May 2013 19:22 UTC
tkeith
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2010-09-01

OK, why does this seem faster than Chrome? I'm a Chrome fan having used it since the day it came out. But the Android version of Chrome is slow. I like the features, but speed is a problem.

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RE: Comment by tkeith
by AndyB on Tue 21st May 2013 19:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by tkeith"
AndyB Member since:
2013-03-22

OK, why does this seem faster than Chrome? I'm a Chrome fan having used it since the day it came out. But the Android version of Chrome is slow. I like the features, but speed is a problem.

Depends on the hardware you run it on! I use Chrome on my S3 all the time because it is the quickest and most accurate to desktop browser I can find for it. Yes it crashes once in a while when I overload it, but so does the desktop version (and ie for that matter)

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Runs on Android 2.3!!
by brion on Tue 21st May 2013 22:37 UTC
brion
Member since:
2010-11-04

Should be a boon for those stuck on Android 2.3, which Chrome doesn't run on... too bad the old default browser has never gotten its own updates.

(There's also Firefox, which runs on 2.2 as well. ;)

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Too late.
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 22nd May 2013 06:17 UTC
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

I ran Opera on my phone since I bought it over a year and a half ago, until maybe a couple weeks ago. The main reason for uninstalling it was to find something that doesn't take up all my storage. Still, I wouldn't mind trying the new Opera... but, it's not compatible at all with my phone. I'm not surprised, because Firefox doesn't run on it and (the dead giveaway) neither does Chrome. Oh well. At least the old Opera Mini and Opera Mobile both ran on my phone, which is more than I can say about any of the major web browsers these days.

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Goodbye, Mr Opera (for now)
by orfanum on Wed 22nd May 2013 06:38 UTC
orfanum
Member since:
2006-06-02

I am not usually this blunt but this latest version of Opera compared to its immediate predecessor is utter pants (Galaxy S2, Android 4.04):

UI: why is the default screen in use the view of one's history, seemingly?
Constant hanging
Can't deal with webforms
Copy and paste is borked

To name but the most obvious cock-ups.

Honestly, it's so bad I have reverted to the stock Orange/EE browser, which is actually *better* now in comparison!

I have supported Opera for years. I am very sad.

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RE: Goodbye, Mr Opera (for now)
by PresentIt on Thu 23rd May 2013 19:21 UTC in reply to "Goodbye, Mr Opera (for now)"
PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

UI: why is the default screen in use the view of one's history, seemingly?

It isn't. The default is the speed dial thing.

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RE[2]: Goodbye, Mr Opera (for now)
by orfanum on Thu 23rd May 2013 19:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Goodbye, Mr Opera (for now)"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

It's possibly the fact that I am dim as they come but each time it booted up, there was the history. However, if I requested another screen, *then* I got the speed dial thing. That's my experience, and I am sticking with it ^^

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offroad mode
by adinas on Wed 22nd May 2013 12:07 UTC
adinas
Member since:
2005-08-17

If only offload mode had text wrapping it would be excellent

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A quirk carried over from Chromium
by ano69 on Thu 23rd May 2013 06:43 UTC
ano69
Member since:
2006-07-07

I've used previous version (13) of Opera for the single reason that it remembered my Google's developer account password - unlike the chrome/chromium either on desktop or on the smartphone. It may be on purpose, but typing the password every time just to check how sales progress is very inconvenient, esp. with onscreen keyboard.

Firefox remembers the password, but is SLOOOW on my Galaxy Note. I'm very sad that Opera developers, by using the Chromium kit, they ported also this "feature". Reverting back to Firefox.

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Font issues fixed?
by phoenix on Thu 23rd May 2013 19:39 UTC
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

I prefer Opera on my Android phone, been using it since I got the phone. Tried Opera Beta (with Webkit/Blink engine) but removed it within a few days. The page reformatting via double-tap was broken. Trying to read osnews or slashdot was frustrating due to the changing font size with every level of quoting, but only the text not the headers! There were a few other issues, but not being able to easily read websites with threaded conversations made me remove it.

If they haven't fixed that rendering issue, I'll be sticking with this last version of Opera for ever, I guess.

Reply Score: 2