Smartphone tune-up with Android's new Opera

The first look of it indicates a smooth interface, user-friendly with a speed dial and an off road mode to save bandwidth

Android users have a new powerful browser that they can play with, thanks to Opera. The Norwegian company just released its all new browser (beta version) specifically built for Android and powered by WebKit.

The first look of it indicates a smooth interface, user-friendly with a speed dial and an off road mode to save bandwidth.

"There are countless hours that have gone into making this completely new, completely re-thought Opera for Android," says Opera Software EVP of product development Rikard Gillemyr.

Opera has rebuilt the entire browser for android and says it provides the user an all-access card to the web.

The beta version launched today will also give developers and first-movers in the mobile-app world access to Opera's latest offering for Android users.

"I dare say that many smartphone users spend much more time using their web browser than any other app on their phones. That's why we have made our newest mobile phone browser more elegant and more beautiful than ever, while still packing so much functionality into it. Go ahead — take the Opera beta out for a spin on your Android phone and see for yourself," adds Gillemyr.


Some of the features include:

• New look: Opera for Android sports a completely new user interface and built to the native specifications of the Android platform.

• Discover feature: From the Discover panel of the startup screen, you can read a selection of popular articles and dig deeper into your interests, such as sports, technology, lifestyle or news. The feature is somewhat similar to Flipboard.

• New, revamped Speed Dial: Speed dial is nothing but a bookmarks folder where the bookmarks are fused together with the Speed Dial entries. Opera says the feature makes it easier to group, organize and rename Speed Dial entries or gather them in folders.

• Off-Road mode: Opera for Android integrates the compression technology from Opera Mini, for faster browsing when conditions are rough especially when there is bad network or when you are on roaming.

• Combined search and address bar: Opera has combined the search and URL field for a more elegant UI and more intuitive input.

• History: With the history mode a user can return to that page they saw earlier in the day much faster with just a swipe your finger to the right to access the content on the left on your home screen.

• Save for later: This feature lets the user download a complete webpage and read it later while offline. It's perfect for reading long articles on flights without Wi-Fi or just when you don't want to connect to the internet.


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