Opera Mobile 12.1 brings new features to an old friend
posted by Alan F. / Oct 09, 2012, 5:55 PM
Can you remember those old days when The HTC Touch Diamond was a solid Windows Mobile choice for a smartphone buyer? Back then, HTC had pre-loaded the Opera Mobile browser on the device which was a good move considering IE's failings back then. Now, we are up to Opera Mobile 12.1, which is now available for free from the Google Play Store.
Screenshots from Opera Mobile
The latest update for the browser brings some new security features that warn you when a site you are heading to poses a security risk, giving you a heads up so that you can avoid a problem. And the new HTML5 features like HTML5 Drag and Drop and the HTML5 Clipboard API let developers make better connections with your device and allow access to content on the clipboard like text and pictures.
Just one click turns on the Opera Turbo compression technology that saves you data time (and you know how costly overages can be). Even though the software supports four different chipsets like ARM v5 and v7, MIPS and X86, the version you install in your Android phone or tablet is the version that supports your device. That keeps Opera Mobile 12.1 lean and running fast.
For those with older, slower phones, there is always Opera Mini which compresses the data before it reaches your phone, also saving you valuable bytes of data. Opera Mini is also available for free from the Google Play Store.
Oslo, Norway — October 9, 2012 — After a strict diet, the new Opera Mobile 12.1 for Android is ready to show off its sleek new binary in the Google Play store. Despite being tailor made for four different chipsets, ARM v5 and v7, MIPS and X86, the Opera Mobile 12.1 browser remains sleek and slender since you only get the version suited for the chipset in your Android mobile or tablet. That saves time and data on downloading — Opera style. Combined with its Opera Turbo compression technology, Opera Mobile 12.1 is one lean, mean surfin’ machine.
If you don’t know Opera Mobile from before, it’s most easily described as the full-featured sibling of the data-saving Opera Mini, a browser essential for anyone on a slow network, or in need of compression to save data, for example while roaming abroad. Opera Mobile 12.1 features Opera Turbo technology, one click turns on the compression capability — and you will use less data.
Keeping the baddies at bay
The bad guys on the web never pass up an opportunity to try their tricks on surfers, but staying mobile doesn’t have to mean being unsafe. Unlike Blade Runner, you don’t need a Voight-Kampff test to determine whether you have a rogue site on your hands, just Opera Mobile’s new fraud detection. The fraud detection system tells you when a webpage has been marked as being suspicious or used for illicit activity. If you get a warning, it’s a good idea to think twice about visiting that site. Raisin’ the standards
Using the web on the go should not mean sacrificing functionality. That’s why Opera Mobile now supports even more web standards, making sure the experience of mobile surfing is as close to the desktop experience as possible.
From the big screen to the mobile
In Opera Mobile, several features that have previously only been seen on the big screen, the computer screen that is, come to life on your Android mobile or tablet. In Opera Mobile 12.1, several heavy-hitting desktop capabilities are available for your mobile and tablet devices:
SPDY: Shortly after the introduction of SPDY on Opera 12.10 desktop beta, the HTTP improvement protocol has made it into the Opera Mobile version. Using a new and improved protocol for communicating to web servers around the world, the SPDY protocol makes fetching webpages more efficient. Twitter and Gmail are two early adopters of the SPDY protocol. Rumors has it that SPDY, by the way, would be pronounced “spø-ddi” in Norwegian.
WebSockets: Rich content is the new way of the web, and WebSockets is here to make it happen. With WebSockets, the browser in your mobile device get top notch access to the web server, improving two-way communications between your mobile device and web server for applications.
There is no reason for letting surfers have a bad day on the web while using mobile devices. With Opera Mobile 12.1, there are even more options for web developers to improve the surfing experience and make sure the content of their webpages is displayed in the best way possible. This is why we included even more web standards in the new, smaller package.
CSS features: New support for CSS Animations and Flexbox allows web developers to be even more creative in design and layout of their webpages.
More HTML5 goodies: Combine the visual eye candy of CSS with some HTML5 practicality and voilá, even better mobile browsing. That’s why we’ve added HTML5 goodies like HTML5 Drag and Drop and the HTML5 Clipboard API to Opera Mobile 12.1. These features help web developers connect better to the surfer’s devices and, e.g., access clipboard content such as text and pictures.
Download Opera Mobile 12.1 for free Android from the Google Play store!
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I really like the stock browser that Motorola included.
It has a few extra features over completly stock ICS, which makes it really nice. On my phone, it loads up faster than any other browser, and loads most webpages up pretty well.
I only have Firefox and Chrome installed otherwise. Firefox is great for tablets. The interface is top notch for tablets. The stock ICS browser that Samsung provided is terrible. I can't stand it and it crashes!
I always loved opera.
It was simple, yet has the most featurs a browser could have.
but now, I have lots of problems with it. it doesnt have a good renderer, lots of sites has problems in opera.
so I moved on to chrome. and I like it. its faster, and uses less resouces. atleast in my devices.
sure I miss many things ( like tab staking, gestures, recent closes...) but I'm happy with chrome...
Opera mobile supports full hardware acceleration.
And just like almost every other browser, it works (when it works, that is) really fast and smooth on the S3.
The Exynos version is the most powerful web browsing phone on the market after the galaxy note 2.
I love Opera Mobile. Back on my old Samsung Intercept, I used Opera Mini for my browser of choice, since I couldn't really test out Chrome and the stock 2.2 Froyo browser was horrid on Sprint's network. Now that I have a GNex, I tested out Chrome, but I stuck with Opera. It's fast and does what I need it to do. The lack of flash doesn't bother me at all. I use Opera on desktop as well, so I'm more than happy to use it on my mobile device as well. I hope Opera makes a Metro app for Windows/WP 8.
A great browser in my Samsung Galaxy Spica, which was stuck in Android Eclair (2.1) stock browser is not that good, I don't want to root my device. I always relay on Opera, really a good one. I just installed and kept Opera in my iPad, I always pay a contribute to Opera :)
The previous versions were full of bugs - freezing upon loading, very slow shutting down, force closing on my old phone, and the browser screen just started to vanish even in my galaxy S3.
Will download this and give it a try just to see if they sorted out the issues finally but I doubt it.
Boat browser(perfect inverted view mode, simple, full supported, really fast and fluid)and opera mini combination serves me just fine
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