WebKit-based Opera beta released for Android
0. phoneArena posted on 05 Mar 2013, 01:10
Opera made a bit of news recently when it announced that it would be ditching the company's proprietary Presto rendering engine in favor of the much more popular WebKit engine that is the base for Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome browser. Now, we finally get to try it out with the new WebKit-based Opera beta for Android...
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1. Muhannad posted on 05 Mar 2013, 01:43 0
Opera was the first browser I downloaded and used first on Android until Chrome, definitely going back to Opera now. I've never used Chrome's syncing features and don't intend to.
3. darac posted on 05 Mar 2013, 02:11 1
Posting this with the Opera beta.. just checked the HTML 5 test before reading this article, got the very same score.
It's decently fast and fluid but still no browser comes close to Dolphin with Jetpack, which also scores over 490 on HTML5 test.
And they ruined the best feature they had - tab switch interface..sigh
4. sss_ddk posted on 05 Mar 2013, 02:34 0
Actually Tab switching seems to work fine.
So far, pros: excellent "speed dial" (wish firefox would use that instead of the Top sites useless page), fast
cons:no text reflow (or i can't find the option), lack of exit button (closing it in task switcher does not kill the process, unlike firefox.
Of course it's still a beta. But i'm sticking to firefox and using Opera only when on 2G speeds (off-road mode)
5. Tsepz_GP posted on 05 Mar 2013, 02:52 0
Off-road mode is ridiculously fast, using it right now, but this being a Beta there are many areas that need work:
-Text reflow, I dont see the option for it
-Zoom and Font settings, not there
-Opera Link, i cant seem to sync my Opera Mobile bookmarks with Beta
-No exit button
Otherwise a move in the right direction by Opera
6. MC1123 posted on 05 Mar 2013, 02:56 0
is this also act like the last opera mobile? what i mean is that can they still minimize the data rendering?
i wish they will bring this to symbian as well!!! symbian is opera's strongest market!
7. sss_ddk posted on 05 Mar 2013, 04:40 0
off-road mode=turbo mode= server-side compression.
yes it's there (optional in the menu)
9. xtremesv posted on 05 Mar 2013, 12:34 0
It feels smooth but no text reflow is a dealbreaker for me. Back to good Opera Mobile
10. roscuthiii posted on 05 Mar 2013, 16:08 0
Would that be the old Chrome, or the new Chrome?