Opera for Android is now available in a beta version. The mobile browser offers a new user interface built to Android’s specifications. The Discover panel on the startup screen provides a selection of popular articles based on relevant global and regional sources (see the figure). The revamped Speed Dial fuses bookmarks with previous Speed Dial entries for easier grouping, organizing, and renaming.
Additionally, Opera’s Off-Road mode integrates Opera Mini’s compression technology for faster browsing when there’s a bad network, costly roaming, or other rough conditions. The search field and address bar have been combined for a more intuitive input. Tabbed browsing lets users open and sort all of their open browser windows and offers private browsing, just like the Opera desktop browser.
With Opera’s History mode, users can swipe their finger to the right to access pages seen earlier. The Save for Later feature lets users download complete Web pages and read them later while they’re offline, which is perfect for reading long articles on flights without Wi-Fi or when users don’t want to connect to the Internet, the company says.
Opera for Android is available from Google Play and at www.opera.com. It supports Android devices with phone-sized screens from version 2.3 and up.