Since the very first alpha release of Opera 12, developers were busy fixing bugs and adding new features.
Recently, Norwegian browser maker has included a camera support in one of its pre-beta release, which, according to our readers, should boost Opera’s HTML5 score by 20 points. However, this is not yet enough to reclaim the number one spot from Maxthon.
The default backend has also been changed from OpenGL to DirectX for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users, which should improve the overall performance and stability.
In addition to that, default Opera 12 Beta installation will have WebGL and hardware acceleration disabled, which can be enabled simply by setting both settings to 1
Why? Well, according to the official blog post, “In some cases, our hardware accelerated speeds do not yet beat our incredibly optimized software backend, Vega. Shipping a feature that could actually be less effective at boosting speed is a big no-no, especially if its a final release that many people will use for day-to-day browsing.”
If you want to play with the latest Opera 12 pre-beta build, head over to the following page for a list of known issues and download links.
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