Aura, aura, aura.
Good news, the latest “Next” build of Opera 21 now includes a support for Aura, a hardware accelerated rendering for things like browser menus, buttons, dialogs, etc. Basically, Aura is the UI stack developed by Google that utilizes GPU whenever possible, increases performance and yes, Chrome has it too.
As far as major changes go that’s pretty much it for the Opera 21 Next, with one more feature being an ability to show the full URL in the address bar when advanced settings are enabled.
It looks like this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest was pretty eventful and all web browsers got their asses kicked.
On the first day, a team from France has successfully hacked Internet Explorer 11, Firefox and Adobe Flash Player. The very same research firm also managed to find a vulnerability in Google Chrome, which affects both WebKit and Blink rendering engines.
Next day Sebastian Apelt and Andreas Schmidt have demonstrated a browser based exploit against Microsoft’s web browser, followed by a Chinese team that managed to bypass Safari’s sandbox and run remote code execution through it.
Always better than nothing.
If you are in a mood for a quickie then here is a minor update for your Opera web browser, which, besides some “under the good changes” includes the following fixes:
- Empty tab manager thumbnails
- Passwords sometimes not stored
- Speaker phone always turned on
- Common crash when playing video on specific sites
- Issue with loading spinner after a session restore
For those that are still using old phones, Opera has cooked a pretty delicious treat: a new version of Opera Mini.
So what kind of new features will you find there? First in the list is a “Private Browsing” mode, which you can use when your imagination is running on empty, next is “Night mode”, a pretty neat option that will dim your phone’s display.
Lastly, a refreshed “Data Usage” menu and improved tab access for phones with keypads. Excited? Grab it below.
Internet Explorer 11 remains the status quo.
If you’ve been dreaming about the Opera browser ever since the release of Windows Phone 8 (not to mention occasional hints by Opera guys themselves), then we got some bad news for you.
According to Vera Lasam Bergtun, the Social Media Coordinator at Opera Software, the team behind one of the better mobile browsers haven’t even began working on a version for Microsoft’s platform.
February, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
It looks like February is pretty much identical to January, at least in terms of growth.
Somewhat consolidating, Internet Explorer has lost a tiny fraction of market share, down from 58.21% to 58.19% (0.02 point decrease).
February, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Safari, Apple’s web browser saw a decrease in its market share numbers, down from 54.97% to 53.52% (1.45 decrease).
Everyone else will have to wait.
Good news, according to the latest report, Opera Max, the data compression technology for Android devices, will soon be available for Western European users.
If you haven’t heard about Opera Max already, it’s more than just a data saver for your web browser, instead, if compresses all the data: app data, videos, pictures and more.
January, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
Starting with Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser continues to edge forward and has (again) increase its market share, this time from 57.91% to 58.21% (0.3 point increase).