This is it, after dozens of snapshots and weeks of waiting, the very first beta build of the Opera 12.10 web browser is here.
So what exactly can you expect from the following release? Quite a few changes, actually but most importantly, it promises to improve the overall web sites compatibility thanks to the support of the CSS vendor prefixes, such as: -webkit-background-size, -webkit-transform, etc.
If SDK supports it.
RoboHornet Alpha 1.
Just yesterday, Google has launched an open source benchmark tool called RoboHornet, which according to the search giant itself, “encompasses all aspects of browser performance and everything that matters to web developers, like performance of layout and localStorage”.
Now, before you get all cranky and claim that it’s just another useless test to demonstrate Chrome’s superiority, you might want to check the results first.
Now with “Smart Page”.
With today’s release of the Opera Mini 7.5 for Android, Norwegian browser maker has introduced a new feature, which will parse data from your Internet activity and suggest content (such as news and friend activity) that is relevant to your interests.
In addition to that, the following build brings various stability improvements that will likely improve your web experience.
Well, here is an unexpected move. If you were hoping to see 12.50 Final later this year, prepare to see a new branch first. Why? It looks like the Norwegian browser maker has renamed its internal version of the Opera 12.50 web browser and released it as Opera 12.10 Beta RC.
Unfortunately, unlike their previous releases, the following build is pretty much unusable. With HWA enabled, Opera 12.10 will crash when loading Facebook, the scaling is completely broken, making it annoying to zoom in/out of various web pages and images. In addition to that, WordPress “Post New” HTML section is completely broken with lots of annoyances and crashes when using “Visual” view.
Phishing by the data URI.
According to a report from TheRegister, Henning Klevjer, a student from Norway, has modified a somewhat old phishing technique (documented by Billy Rios and Nathan McFeters), which allows phishers to hide the entire malicious web page and transform it into a clickable link.
After announcing that the final build of the Opera 12.02 web browser will disable the out of process plugins by default, it looks like folks from Norway decided to implement the very same “feature” for the 12.50 builds too.
According to the recent blog post, the latest Opera pre-alpha snapshot does just that and while it remains to be seen whether or not the final build of Opera 12.50 will still have OOPP disabled, one of the developers said, “It will be re-enabled when it is of sufficient quality disregarding version.”
Food for thought.
As promised last month, here comes a new segment and this time it’s for the mobile web browsers only.
Starting with the leader in the pack, Apple’s Safari continues its trend to the 70% mark, thanks to the iPhone and iPad sales, up from 66.22% to 66.43% (0.21 point increase).
August, 2012 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Safari – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera – Down
As the summer passes by, it’s time to find out, how exactly did your favorite web browser perform in the month of August.
Starting with the Internet Explorer, we resume the long and unsurprising downtrend, down from 53.93% to 53.60% (0.33 point decrease).
As we wait for the Alpha/Beta release of the Opera 12.50, here is something to keep you busy for a little while: an update for the 12.x branch.
So what has changed? Not much, however, there is one important thing to note: as reported earlier, to improve web browser stability, Opera 12.02 disables the out of process plugins for the 32 bit Windows operating systems.