Good news! Opera has released the Beta version of Opera Mini for the Windows Phone. However, hours after the 0.9 version hit the store (which was sluggish and with the user interface from the Windows Mobile 6.5), Norwegian browser maker made some tweaks and pushed 0.9.0.1. The bad news? It won’t open for quite a few people and is more unstable than the original build.
Ignoring a pretty bad port (yes, it’s Beta although we’d call it Alpha), we are not sure about the version number either, since in the “About” page it says version 7.6.8 yet in the store this number is completely different.
Earlier this year, Microsoft has launched a plan to attack Chromebooks with the killer Windows laptop offerings such as $199 HP laptop.
Now, it looks like the software giant has some explaining to do (or the OEM) as the long awaited HP’s Stream laptop will cost a whopping $100 more.
Correction: Not all hope is lost yet as it’s only one of “many” Stream laptops, hopefully, they are cheaper than $299.
Mac only, for now.
Now here’s something promising. It looks like Opera has started experimenting with the 64 bit builds (at least for Macs) as the latest developer preview build is finally available in both x86 and x86-64 flavors. In addition to that, the H.264 video is now also enabled on Mac (OS X 10.9 only), which should give Apple users another reason to smile.
As far as other (Windows and Linux too) changes go, there is an experimental Speed Dial, which looks quite odd (see the picture below), experimental bookmark sharing (can be enabled with the opera://flags/#bookmarks-sharing flag) and as usual, speed and security improvements.
August, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari – Up; Google Chrome, Opera – Down
After a small blip last time, it looks like Internet Explorer is back to business and is now sitting at the 58.46% % market share mark, up from 58.01% (0.45 point increase).
August, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things of with the usual: Apple’s Safari, which regained some of the lost market share, up from 44.83% to 45.07% (0.24 point increase).
Beta to start shortly.
After the recent Microsoft and Opera partnership where Opera Mini became the default web browser in software giant’s non Windows Phones, it looks like we have another fruit of labor.
Today, both companies have announced the Beta program of Opera Mini for Windows Phone (signup here), which should begin in the coming day(s). Despite the fact that signup page already states that the test version is available, people are yet to receive download links.
Catching up with competition,
It’s Tuesday already and Norwegian browser maker has revealed a new Opera 25 build, which included one neat and much needed feature: a built in PDF viewer and yes, it does use Chromium’s PDFium.
In addition to that, there is a new online package installer for Windows, which aims to improve on the overall user experience and interactivity.
Sounds good? Give it a go.
If you are up for some experimentation with new features then here’s at least one. With the recently Google Chrome 38 Beta release, the search giant has included a what so called user switching design, allowing you to “sign out” from your web browser in case someone else wants to use your PC. As a result, he or she will get his own bookmarks, sessions, etc. once signed in (or they can always use a guest mode (To enable Guest mode, click on You (or your name if you’ve signed in) > Switch person > Browse as Guest.) if preferred.
Modern UI for your new tab window.
If you love the Windows 8 look & feel then you will enjoy the Firefox metroTab extension. After installation, you will be able to pin and customize your new tab page with tiles, meaning pinning web sites, see weather information and more.
According to developer, it “also, includes some tiles that can retrieve information from their page and show it to the user in the same page.”
With HTML5 video support and more.
Now here’s a pretty neat update for everyone who is still rocking Opera Mini on their Android phones. Thanks to the recent 7.6 update, you will now be able to:
- Watch HTML5 videos as it’s not supported
- Better control your downloads and bandwidth usage since users will now be prompted whether or not they want to download larger files than 15 MB over cellular connection or wait for the Wifi.
- Opt out of Google Analytics