A better tablet interface joins the features in the Opera browser, and a new blink engine should make the whole experience faster

Opera has updated their Android application today, and along with a bump to Chromium 31 for the internal browser engine brings an all-new tablet UI and a handful of bug fixes. The new tablet layout isn't just a scaled-up version of the phone app, the folks at Opera say they have tuned every element to take advantage of the larger screen size. Of course, things like off-road mode and the speed dial new tab page are still in place.

The full list of changes:

  • based on chromium 31
  • new UI for tablet devices
  • improvements in search engine list
  • new remote debugging feature (requires new permissions)
  • fixed issue with fullscreen video playback
  • fixed issue with HW back button on Discover
  • fixed issue with viewport size in new tab
  • fixed issue with keybord staying on screen
  • fixed issue with page reload when leaving text input in off-road pages
  • various stabilization and performance improvements

We know plenty of people are big fans of Opera and their business philosophy, and it looks like you'll have a great new version to use. You can grab it at the Google Play link above.

Source: Opera


Reader comments

Opera 18 is updated to Chromium 31 and brings a new tablet UI


Hope it's better than their crappie desk top version of Opera 18

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I really enjoyed Opera Classic until I went all out on Chrome. I used it on a variety of devices and it never let me down. OC did the best job of auto fitting web pages on the screen IMO no matter the size of the text.

My problem with this browser is that almost a year later and it STILL doesn't have any way to sync between devices like Chrome does. *MIGHT* give it a try then (especially if they let you import everything from Chrome), but as it stands... No thanks.

While it still needs a few things such as full screen support, it's a very smooth and snappy browser. Far faster than Chrome beta. Streaming videos have played smoothly and the browser had been very stable and reliable.