And other changes.
Today, Norwegian browser maker has released the very first Opera 32 build (Developer Preview) and it includes at least one interesting new feature: animated themes.
So what animated themes do is impose a looped video instead of a static background, which is displayed in Speed Dial, Bookmarks, Discover and pretty much every other page. However, while it does sound and look cool, animated backgrounds are really distracting and it’s probably not something that you will continue using. Here is a video demo for you:
Grab it now.
After Opera 30 was recently released to the stable channel, here comes the next contender: Opera 31 Beta, which aims to refine rather than to change the overall browsing experience.
As a result, Opera 31 features a lot of under the hood changes, with the promise to speed up web browser on slower computers (and hard drives). For example: the multiple reads and writes of the same data during web browser start have been eliminated, improving both speed and efficiency. In addition to that, guys at Opera Software have implemented a DLL preloading technique, which too should reduce the time it takes to access the hard drive.
Download it now.
If you prefer stability over features and always upgrade to stable builds only then here’s a nice treat for you: a final release of Opera 30, with many new features and improvements.
So what exactly should you try?
- A tab cycler, which allows you to quickly switch between different tabs (can be triggered by clicking a downward arrow at the top right corner).
- Sidebar extensions. Despite the fact that Windows 8 pretty much failed utilizing apps as “sidebar” helpers” (we are talking about the snap view), especially when it was a fixed size solution only, it looks like Opera has borrowed the idea and is trying to make it useful.
Could become the universal app.
Recently, Norwegian browser maker has ditched the Beta tag for its Opera Mini build on Windows Phone. Now, it looks like the company is also planing to release a build for Windows 10.
When exactly? The only time frame that they provided was “later this year” and it is unknown whether or not it will be ready before Windows 10 hits the streets.
May, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera – Up; Internet Explorer, Safari – Down
Here comes the desktop.
It looks like Google is not prepared to repeat the mistake they made by not extending the deal with Mozilla to (again) become their default search provider. In a recently announced move, Opera Software and search giant have come to an agreement and will be extending their partnership where Google continue to be Opera’s default search engine on both desktop and mobile platforms.
Last time companies have signed a deal back in 2012 with the current agreement set to expire within 2.5 years (at the end of 2017).
He’s back! With mouse gestures, tab stacking, 64 bit builds, Linux love and more.
Despite the fact that Jon Von Tetzchner has left Opera Software long time ago (to focus on other things), it looks like his love for web browsers refuses to vanish.
The latest proof comes from a newly released web browser aimed at the power users called Vivaldi and boy does it remind us of the old versions of Opera (minus compatibility issues).
May, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up, Android Browser – Down
It‘s the first day of the summer right here and what better way to start June than to publish fresh mobile market share data numbers.
Good news for anyone rocking one of the Windows Phones as two highly popular web browsers have just received updates!
While Opera Mini Beta changelog is less than impressive (just bug fixes and minor improvements), Surfy Browser tells a different story. In fact, the latest build got a complete user interface overhaul with: