I must admit, after trying the first public preview of Opera 15, I was pretty underwhelmed. It felt like a Google Chrome clone with Opera logo on top of it, but then it got me thinking… Is there more to it?
With the release of Opera 15, Norwegian browser maker has decided to completely reboot the project. Some could argue that its years too late but slow progress is better than no progress, right?
So why do it at all? Let’s face it, Opera was (almost) always bad at rendering web pages. You can blame user agent sniffing, developers or your mom but that won’t fix the issue. We’ve been playing the blame game for how many years now? And that’s excluding awful scrolling performance, buggy WebGL implementation, broken out of process plugins and so on.
The foundation is old, rendering engine is a trainwreck and the whole Opera architecture currently looks like this:
In order to calm down some of the most dedicated fans out there, Adam Minchinton, Opera developer for Mac, has issued a statement, claiming that there is a lot more to come and yes, they made a list of features that you demanded. Unfortunately, it was not shared publicly.
As far as release cycles go, gone are Beta and Alpha builds, instead we will get a yet another naming scheme just for the sake of it. I mean, why would you use clear and well known descriptions when you can make up random names like Aurora, Dev, Nightly, Next, you name it.
This is what we will get:
June 3rd is the day.
Now here’s an interesting rumor for you. In order to “diversify its client base away from Apple”, Hon Hai (also known as Foxconn) is teaming up with Mozilla to reveal “a new device” (which is likely to be a tablet) as soon as next week.
While details remain vague, we can only speculate that it’s likely to be a low end tablet aimed to compete with cheap Android devices rather than the premium products like Microsoft’s Surface or Apple’s iPad. Nonetheless, we are pretty excited to see the hardware assuming this rumor is true.
The first preview version is here.
For better or worse, Opera has just released the very first build of its WebKit based web browser that aims to blend some of the key Opera features with a far superior rendering engine.
However, before you start giggling like a little school girl, it should be noted that this is a very basic build that lacks tons of features, including basics such as: bookmark importer, bookmarks (that could be replaced with a “Stash”) and other, lesser used features like RSS Reader, customization options, Opera Link, Linux builds and so on. Also, since it uses WebKit, there are no 64 bit builds for Windows.
With a notification center.
It looks like Google is getting even more aggressive with their releases as the last couple builds added more than just some minor improvements.
Starting with the build 28, you will no longer miss a thing as Google not only added a Notification Center but also constructed it in a way that will inform you about missed events even if a web browser is not running. Too intrusive? Don’t worry, you can chose what notifications to receive and what should be ignored.
And this is how it looks:
Just in time for Windows 8.1
If you were wondering about the progress of Firefox for Microsoft’s “Modern UI” (previously known as Metro), there we have some news for you.
According to Mozilla’s roadmap, the open source organization aims to deliver the final version of Firefox for Windows 8 on November 19, 2013, assuming everything goes as planned.
However, there are two other dates that should be taken into consideration: October 02, 2013, which is tagged as “Optimistic Release Scenario” and March 20, 2014 as a worst case scenario.
From desktop to mobile.
Now here’s a one real world issue that was just solved by Google’s engineers: foreign language web sites. Unlike with Chrome on desktop where you can instantly translate a web page, its mobile version always lacked a hassle free way to do so, up until now.
Staring with Chrome for Android 28.0.1500.21, a Google Translate bar will pop up whenever you visit a page that uses language other than the one that is set on your tablet or a phone.
Google Now is here.
As we wait for Blink, Google has released the stable version of Google Chrome 27. What’s so great about it? Well, minus minor performance enhancements and 14 security fixes, you can expect various Omnibox prediction improvements as well as improved spell correction.
In addition to that, GC27 includes conversational search that was demonstrated in the I/O conference earlier this month. Simply visit www.google.com and click on the microphone icon. Don’t feel like doing that? Well, this is what it looks like:
This is it, guys. A reboot of the Opera web browser for Android is here and it has just dropped the Beta tag.
As we reported back in March, the new version of Opera dropped its own rendering engine in favor of the WebKit that is likely to be replaced with Google’s Blink in the coming future. As far as other changes go: a fresh UI, improved download manager, automatic text wrap and more.
Why would anyone pay it to use IE anyway?
Yes, Microsoft charges $60 a year to use Internet Explorer because it’s that good. The good news? Assuming it works, you will be able to watch today’s Xbox Reveal event right on your Xbox, no gold membership required.
What about everyone else? Just head over to the following page and enjoy the live stream experience, and in case you have a Windows Phone, Microsoft has just published a new app, allowing you to watch the event on your phone. Only 9 hours remain.
And here are a couple of (completely unrelated) Xbox .GIFs