For those relying on the final browser builds rather than playing with betas and alphas, here comes the stable release of Opera 21.
One of the key features of Opera 21 is the inclusion of Aura, which, as we mentioned earlier is the UI stack developed by Google that utilizes GPU whenever possible, increasing performance and so on.
If you’ve been rocking Opera 12.x (myself included) and see no need to upgrade till a proper replacement is introduced then today you have a reason to celebrate. How so? Well, there is a new (and probably) last update in town, which fixes two security issues.
Fixes annoying password manager book.
Finally, a new version for all you Opera users out there. With the recently released browser build for Android, guys at Opera have included a couple of new features as well as welcomed password manager fix, which will no longer fail to suggest saved passwords for many sites.
As far as other changes go, Discover feature has been totally revamped, Chromium has been updated to v34, there are (as usual) a bunch of stability and usability improvements as well as screen rendering improvements and page loading spinner behavior. Last, a copy link context menu option has been added, which is a small but welcome feature.
March, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
Another month, another report.
Starting with Safari, Apple’s web browser seen an increase of 0.39 point, up from 53.52% to 53.91%.
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.