“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.
New Opera with WebKit goes beta in Play Store
2013-03-05 Opera 6 Comments
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.
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?