In line with our earlier report on Opera Software working on a WebKit based browser, the Norwegian browser company has released a beta version of Opera browser for Android. The updated browser sports a new look and user interface as well as comes with a number of other improvements and features. Also, it will come capable of increasing downloading speeds even on low bandwidth. There is a lot more done in the updated beta version, which is now available on Play store for free to download. Also Read - Opera using Android apps to offer predatory loans in India; details
The new app will come in sync with the native Android platform and carries several improvements including better browsing speeds for downloading webpages along with adjustment of formats as per the phone. In addition to this, it offers an Off-Road mode which is stated to take care of the connectivity even in weak network areas and maintains browsing speeds even outside 3G coverage. Moreover, the updated version will allow saving of pages for reading later in offline mode.
Other features include a discover tool which can be used to get news feeds on various categories and allows users to select articles as per their interest. The Speed Dial feature also comes with a twist as it can now be used for saving as well as categorizing several bookmarks by pinning them under Speed Dial pages. This will enable users to group their favorite sites or stack these in folders for easy accessibility through Speed Dial.
Opera seems to be testing waters on Android first and its updated app on iOS is also expected to follow soon.