Opera Mobile 12.1 brings new features to an old friend

Opera Mobile 12.1 brings new features to an old friend
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
Screenshots from Opera Mobile

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.

source: Opera

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15 Comments

1. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Gotta love Opera. The simplicity of it is what makes it so efficient. I keep trying different browsers, but always come back to Opera.

5. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

great browser but lack of flash support on jb is killing me dolphin or firefox work that playa

7. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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!

15. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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...

2. soldiernation

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

I hope the page scrolling isn't laggy anymore.

6. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

i believe it's not gpu powered so it is 1 core of cpu vs resolution and moto razr is smoother than sgs3

8. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

why the thumbs down? i read that opera don't use gpu and because of that take less power than stock browser also I had razr and now use sgs3 with JB OTA

12. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

What? 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.

13. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

some forums are not fluid and the verge is like nightmare, phonearena sometimes give opera error when data is compresed ...

3. kg4icg

Posts: 83; Member since: May 18, 2008

Not as far as I can tell on a EVO 4G LTE.

4. tlsmithsr

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

Google Chrome for mobile is the only browser!

9. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

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.

10. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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 :)

11. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i really dont know why opera isnt as famous on desktop like they are on the mobile...

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