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Opera brings OpenGL to Android devices with their latest update

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Opera brings OpenGL to Android devices with their latest update
Opera is arguably the grandfather of mobile browsers, with their Opera Mini browser delivering a much richer web experience to feature phones in the early days of mobile web.  Today you have many powerful browser options in the Android Market, including Dolphin Browser HD, Firefox Mobile and Google Chrome.  Opera looks to keep pace with their update to the Opera Mobile browser today, bringing it to version 12.  Highlights include support for WebGL on Android phones, which taps into your device's GPU for great performance.  Opera also announced Ragnarök, their HTML5 parser support, which will lead to better web apps and increased website compatibility.  Other nice features are the ability to now use your camera in the browser and tweaks to their Speed Dial feature.

Their Opera Mini platform is not forgotten, and they gave a sneak-peak at Opera Mini Next, what they dub as the "future of Opera Mini."  It is also getting a revamped Speed Dial to go along with smoother browsing thanks to hardware acceleration.  Finally, Opera announced support for Intel architecture as well as MIPS-based Android tablets.

Source: Opera via AndroidGuys

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posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:15

1. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Already have it in my Xperia...

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 14:21 1

2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Me too..posting this over it. Works much smoother and loads things like full facebook page along with chat and games just like on desktop.
I wish they added a bit more customizations though. Interface haven't changed at all.
But still, now it's the best browser overall. Maxthon browser comes in at second!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 14:36

3. -box- (Posts: 3737; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Why would I use Opera Mobile on an Android phone when Opera Mini does the same things but with a fuller experience? Unless I'm in a data crunch or a very poor (or slow) coverage area, anyway
I use Opera Mini and Skyfire myself

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 20:10 1

6. _idan_ (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


You seem little clueless with this post.
It is Opera Mobile that gives full web experience and it is people with data crunch and poor/slow coverage that use Opera Mini due to higher compression and server side rendering.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 15:33 1

4. LodeStar (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


well i tested opera11 on htm5test and got 286, and with opera12 it scores a massive 354! damn! (desire HD)

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 17:37 2

5. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


And yet they still haven't added WebGL support for the desktop version of Opera.
This confuses me.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 20:14

7. _idan_ (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


lolz with this update i can play all facebook and google+ games without slowdown on sgs2. Not that i would want to cause i hate those , but its a first for mobile browser.

Seems i could have started G+ Hangout from browser if i had video chat add-on.

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