Very long time ago Opera team offered an ability to enable or disable “Usage Statistics Report”, which reports preferences, features usage and so on, today we have some results.
Quite a few users are using widgets.
Features like “Fit to width” and “Open windows instead of tabs” are not very popular. When I am using Opera, I don’t use them as well.
51% of the Opera users (who shares usage statistics) change their home page.
Status bar seems very popular feature, not a big surprise. Everyone loves it.
A lot of people using tons of bookmarks, over 300 and more, average bookmarks folder is 17.
This kind of usage statistics sharing is pretty good I think. Now they know where they wasted time by adding some no needed features and where they should concentrate more.
Recently I’ve heard that Opera’s Speed Dial is being copied not only by Firefox users, but also by other companies and just thought, why is this function so special? When I was surfing using Opera, I always had this function turned off, as I love clean browsing.
However, yesterday I’ve decided to try it. Guess what? Now it’s one of my favorite features. I don’t have to type, let’s say first letter in the address bar in order to see the site which I want to visit, now I am just click one click away from it. So it saves some time and I love it.
If you haven’t tried Speed Dial yet (or ignored it as I did), just give it a try, you may thank me latter.
What? BlackBerry Browser??? That’s right. BlackBerry Browser is currently in development and it’s planned for BlackBerry Pearl 2 or so.
There should be some really cool features, well… Actually I know only one now which is really exciting, it’s a tabbed browsing.
Here are some screenshots of the BlackBerry Browser.
Althought it’s currently lacks of interface but looks promising. You may also vote in the ZDNet poll: New BlackBerry browser or Opera Mini?
If you own a great Nintendo Wii device and haven’t tried Opera for Wii yet, make sure you try it now for free, as on Sunday it will cost 5 USD (500 Wii points).
You can do so many cool things with it. Watch Youtube videos, play flash games and just surf the net.
Learn more about Wii Opera powered browser here.
As you know or not, Opera is running a competition called “A day with Opera Mini”.
OK, so I’ve charged my mobile phone a bit and launched Opera Mini Dimension Beta.
Firstly I thought about writing everything in my FavBrowser.com blog via Opera Mini, but looks like it’s not yet compatible with WordPress. I was unable to publish or save drafts, got time out error all the time and also, some problems with lower and upper case letters, I was actually writing “some text”, but Opera Mini 4 always changed it to “Some Text”.
So here’s it is. I’ve decided not to use PC while I am surfing web pages. Will be using Opera Mini all time. I will try to prove that it can be fun to use. So far found 3 bugs only plus sometimes I keep getting “Error java.io.IOExeption:null” when loading url.
OK, So it’s midnight now and I am still surfing using Opera Mini, since all my day work already done, I am “Googling” for Opera Mini news Some are really funny and made my day. Not much to do I guess… I am pretty happy with Opera Mini, just would like some bugs to be fixed.
Here’s a list of the bugs I found:
1. Can’t do stuff in WordPress admin area.
2. Somehow I see no images.
3. Problems with text typing (noticed in WordPress only).
4. When posting a comment, it just “reloads” page (but typed text and name stays) so I have to do click it second time.
5. Wasn’t been able to zoom out in my.opera.com and couldn’t see any cursor.
6. Sometimes when I re-loaded page, wasn’t been able to zoom it out.
7. http://www.gpf-design.com/download/ when tried to navigate via quick navigation, after selected a category, page re-loaded.
8. Error java.io.IOExeption:null
9. Some problems with Quick Login (IPB Forums system).
10. Cookies problems, even I marked “remember me”, it never did that (old version did).
11. “Check Box” component seems not works, I check it, and Opera Mini starts to load something…
I don’t know basically what I had to write there, but I think such contests are being made for bugs hunt. I really can do almost all the things I want (will be able to do anything after final release) with new Opera Mini, really love it. So give me my phone now ;-)
I also wish to have an ability to see URL once “mouse over” on URL and so on… Ok so it’s 3:40 AM, my phone just died and I am going to sleep now. Bit tired I guess…
In the next morning many people told me that I am crazy, not only because I went sleep so late/early, but because I did that for Opera Mini. That’s cool. If helping everyone to enjoy better web browsing makes me crazy, let it be!
Glad I didn’t forget to save this text. I did all what I could to explore as many bugs as I could. The fact is fact:
Yes, you can and you will enjoy a full web browsing with Opera Mini Dimension.
Opera Team should promote this contest harder.
Yes, yes, it will be released very soon, calm down now.
So you want to know more about new features now, right? Enjoy.
Opera 9.5 also got some interface improvements where you will be able to access popular features much faster.
Zoom? New version will also support a screen reader.
Mac users will be able to enjoy a nice and new look. No, they didn’t forgot Linux, that’s why they are adding a QT4 build + 64 bit packages.
Opera 9.5 will be much faster. That’s all I can say.
That’s not all, keep an eye, I will keep you updated.
Opera team is showing us a very first screenshot of Opera 9.5 (codename “Kestrel”) with extended validation 1.0 (EV) enabled.
You can read more about it here.
“Mozilla is excited to see the new Extended Validation Guidelines that have resulted from collaboration between Certificate Authorities,” said Window Snyder, Chief Security Officer for the makers of the Firefox web browser. “EV SSL will make it easier for Firefox to tell users who is behind the website they’re seeing, which is an important factor in making trust decisions.”
Extended Validation Guidelines
The issuance process of EV Certificates is strictly defined in the EV Guidelines, that specify all the steps required for a Certification Authority (CA) before issuing a certificate, and includes:
- Verifying the legal, physical and operational existence of the entity
- Verifying that the identity of the entity matches official records
- Verifying that the entity has exclusive right to use the domain specified in the EV Certificate
- Verifying that the entity has properly authorized the issuance of the EV Certificate
I know that you are waiting for some Firefox, Safari, Netscape or any other browser news, but so far I can’t see any news there. If you know something interesting, feel free to let me know that.
Today Opera 9 is celebrating it’s 1 year birthday. Right after launch it reached a record number of downloads. They should be releasing Opera 9.5 (maybe beta) at the end of this month.
Happy Birthday Opera!
Opera Software updated their web page with a new design.
What do you think about it?
I prefer old version, even it needs some improvements and navigation.
They are giving too much attention to Opera Mini (which already got it), while their Desktop version is somewhere “outside”. If they would cancel Opera Desktop Browser development, this design would be good, but now… I don’t know… Silver navigation doesn’t (which looks very old) fit with that (too big) Opera Mini promotional image. While 1028*768 and lower resolution users don’t see anything about their Desktop versio at all (without scrolling). I think that’s a bad move and design should be changed.