When it comes to minor upgrades, you usually expect bug fixes and minor performance improvements. Well, this time it’s different.
With the release of Opera 10.51, company managed to increase its browser performance by up to 27% (according to Peacekeeper benchmark results). Furthermore, fixed a lot of bugs and made other improvements. Just like in earlier release announcements, this version is available for Windows users only.
Thanks to effzee and Daniel Hendrycks for the news tip.
According to Opera Software, more than a half of web browser downloads from Europe is a direct result of Ballot Screen launch.
This confirms that when users are given a real choice on how they choose the most important piece of software on their computer, the browser, they will try out alternatives,” said Håkon Wium Lie, CTO of Opera Software.
Company has also shared the following statistics: Continue Reading
Opera Software has just released the final versions of Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10 web browsers.
Both builds have gone through a lot of changes since previous release; received a major make over and new features, such as: wands, tabbed browsing, download manager and Opera link.
As for Opera Mini, team recommends running it on devices with a 320 x 240 or higher display resolution.
Key new features: Continue Reading
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Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks, Dels, mabdul, nobody and Nox for links.
Time to check February browser market share results.
Internet Explorer continues its downfall saga; as market share fell from 62.12% to 61.58% (0.54 points decrease).
For a fourth month in a row, Firefox is losing its market share as well. This time it has decreased by 0.2 points, moving down from 24.43% to 24.23%.
Another month, another gain for Chrome. In February, this browser market share increased by 0.39 points, as it went up from 5.22% to 5.61%. Continue Reading
Today Opera Software has released the very first beta of Opera Mini 5 web browser for Android platform.
Just like all the latest Opera Mobile/Mini versions, it is packed with fresh user interface that includes speed dial. Some of the other great features are: password manager and data synch (Opera Link).
You may download it via Opera.com as well as Android market.
Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks for news tip.
As ballot screen was pushed at the beginning of March, various users started noticing anomalies behind random browser order.
For some reason, it would favor Google Chrome, increasing its chances to be first, second or third in the list.
As a result, Microsoft has tweaked random order algorithm, which solved this issue. Unfortunately, no more details were provided.
“We can confirm that we made a change to the random icon order algorithm in the browser choice screen for Europe. We are confident the algorithm change will be an improvement. As always, we are grateful for the feedback we get from developers, and we thank those who commented on the topic and suggested changes,” said Microsoft’s Kevin Kutz.
Just before Opera 10.50 Final release, BetaNews has published an article called “Is Opera 10.5 ready for the March 1 ‘choice screen?’” which provides some great points (thanks to nobody for link).
Well, why not give it a try? After using Opera for about a week (~12 hours/day), I come up to the following conclusion: it was rushed, yet again.
One of the things I adore about Opera Software are their innovations. However, when it comes to releasing Final builds (major release), it’s usually the same story. Continue Reading