Opera for Android gets a fresh, new look

Opera for Android gets a fresh, new look
It's only been a few days since Opera pushed a major software update for its browser on desktops, and now the company announced a similar update is available for Android devices. Obviously, it comes with different changes, but it's important nonetheless.

Before going into details, let's clear up some things. First of all, this update doesn't really bring any new features into the mix. However, it completely changes Opera for Android, graphics-wise.

Opera for Android has been given a new design. According to developers, the application now features a “fresh, modern, and inspired by Android's material design” look.

There are many visual changes added in the update, so we'll only highlight the important ones, such as the Speed Dial, which is now on the left of the carousel, while on the right you can now access the news feed.

You can now see the favorite topics by scrolling through channels across the top. When tapping the + icon on the right, you can customize the news you receive. On top of that, the news feed now comes with a reader mode that allows you can configure in Settings.

There's also a new person icon located in the bottom-right corner where users can find a quick overview of their offline pages, bookmarks, history and downloads. Naturally, you can sign in to sync the Speed Dial, bookmarks, tabs and typed history across your compatible devices.

Opera for Android now features a three-dots menu in the top-right corner, which allows you to access options like “find in page” and “share.” Also, it's now easier to add a website to the Speed Dial or Android home screen with the function “Add to.”

A data savings toggle (ad blocker and video compression) is available as well, along with multiple settings that allows you to customize the browser the way you want.

More features will be added in a future update such as the ability to switch between tablet and normal layouts, as well as the options to change the new feed language and select the download folder of choice.



source: Opera

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15 Comments

1. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

For some reason.. I like and use opera as my main browser... I dislike chrome on my phones .. actually I disable chrome

4. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, and here I was thinking I was the only one using it in the world.. I love opera to bits tbh. The rest are just too heavy for what its worth. Except I'm doing heavy office stuffs that has to do with full sites (in which case I use a laptop) otherwise I don't see how opera isn't the most intuitive, more data friendly and generally more user friendly of all the bunch (without the bells and whistles tho)

5. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

actually you can still use it while you change the mode to desktop view.. in your office work.. other wise imo it's very optimized and uses less resources than most others

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7455; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Didn't a Chinese consortium buy Opera for 600 million? I am really surprised that it's being used today.

13. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

They have yet to takeover but will soon. 575 million. I'm using it on desktop and its great. Better than Chrome. Will stop using once the takeover happens. Any good alternative you guys suggest? If not, will go back to Firefox.

15. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Also their vpn business is excluded on the deal. Been using free vpn on beta and its great. Hope they make another chromium based browser and include free VPN lol.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7455; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It sucks now.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Same here, it replaced Chrome on both my Surface Pro 2 and OnePlus One.

11. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The tabbing system makes sense compared to Chrome and Opera seems better on efficiency compared to Chrome which likes to eat battery life. There are some pages that Opera doesn't play nicely with but for the most part it works well.

2. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

For some reason.. I like and use opera as my main browser... I dislike chrome on my phones .. actually I disable chrome

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Does Opera have a double post feature?

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol, probably a feature of iPhonearena's website when you don't have AdBlock enabled; so freaking slow (according to others), you'll be tempted to press the submit button twice. Fortunately, no issues here, only ad I see is iPhonearena crying in a corner...

14. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Lmao, ublock origin is great.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, and here I was thinking I was the only one using it in the world.. I love opera to bits tbh. The rest are just too heavy for what its worth. Except I'm doing heavy office stuffs that has to do with full sites (in which case I use a laptop) otherwise I don't see how opera isn't the most intuitive, more data friendly and generally more user friendly of all the bunch (without the bells and whistles tho)

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Does Opera have a double post feature?

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