A new variation of one of the world’s most popular web browsers is now ready for the limelight as Opera’s Webkit-based Opera 14 has officially hit the Play Store. The new build will not only bring a speedier version of the browser— it brings the ability to wrap text while zooming and the ability to view active tabs in full screen. The great thing is while there are some significant additions to the browser, the web browser still brings the simplicity and familiarity that we’ve all grown accustomed to loving. Of course there are a couple of other goodies that users may like, but you’ll have to hit the Play Store and check it out for yourself.
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The HTC Myst (or Opera, depending on how far back you keep up with these phones) has recently come through the FCC, and it’s sporting four LTE bands that AT&T smartphones are generally seen with. Aside from that, the only other concrete details from this filing are dual-band WiFi antennas and Bluetooth 4.0. Nothing exciting, but at least we know the phone is more than just rumor. Of course, if the earlier rumors are true, the phone will have a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus clocked at 1.5 GHz under a 4.3 inch, 720p screen, as well as 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, but no SD card slot. There’s nothing here that’s going to excite the enthusiast chasing the cutting edge of technology, but I think it’s a safe bet that’s not going to be the primary demographic of this phone.
Opera certainly has a lot going for it as one of the top mobile browsers in the world. Hot off the heels of rumors speculatating it would bring what should be a revolutionary web browser in the immediate future, Opera has announced it officially has 300 million users, effectively making it among the most widely used mobile web browsers in the entire world:
“300 million marks the first lap, but the race goes on.On the final stretch up to 300 million users, we have experienced the fastest acceleration in user growth we have ever seen. Now, we are shifting into the next gear to claim a bigger piece of the pie in the smartphone market.”
In addition to hitting the milestone, Opera has also confirmed its “Ice” project which is expected to be a massively improved WebKit-based browser. Its R&D team has spent an extraordinary amount of time ensuring “Ice” operated at an optimal level for users. Of course it is mum on further details, but it has highlighted that it will be showcased at MWC 2013, so we’re going to see what all the hubbub is about in a shade under a few weeks.
Hit the break to catch the presser for additional details.
It appears as though Opera is preparing to release an entirely new mobile browser for Android tablets and smartphones next month. According to Pocket-Lint, Opera Ice will feature baked in WebKit functionality, something the company’s previous offerings have noticeably lacked.
Like we’ve grown accustomed to with other browsers, Opera Ice will be relying heavily on gestures for controlling key aspects of navigation. The redesigned browser will also feature tabs in the form of icons on the homepage, allowing users to easily access their favorite sites.
One of the biggest strengths of Android is the near endless customisation available to the user. Don’t like the stock set-up out of the box, go ahead and change it. The stock Android browser has always been extremely capable and the Ice cream Sandwich browser is one of the smoothest and fastest in the market. Mozilla’s Firefox has been steadily improving since its lacklustre arrival on Android. Google really upped the ante in the browser wars when they released the fabulous Chrome for mobile on Android ICS devices and today it’s Opera’s turn to show its hand.
The latest release offers a number of performance and usability enhancements as well as a new take on Opera’s ‘speed dial’ feature which it believes to be more efficient than the standard bookmark approach that most browsers use. Perhaps the biggest Unique Selling Point for Opera’s mobile browser is the claim that the advanced compression techniques on-board reduce the amount of data required to load a webpage by up to 90%, a huge benefit for users without unlimited data plans.
Hit the link below to try it for yourself. Be sure to let us know how it compares to your everyday browser of choice in the comments.
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With all the options Android users have for browsers, from Firefox to Dolphin to Chrome, it’s still not that surprising that the most used is the stock Android browser that comes pre-installed on most Android devices. But how does it stack up over all mobile browsers on all platforms? Apparently, very well, according to the latest statistics report from analytics firm StatCounter.
The Android browser has finally taken the lead over its competitors this month with a 22.67% share, and is now the top mobile browser in the world. Opera comes in a close second at 21.7%, followed by Apple’s 21.06%. This is a 2.47% increase over last year, when the Android browser ended up at 20.2%. Opera dropped from last year’s 24.22%, while Apple’s Safari browser increased from December’s 18.41%.
Nokia came in next at 11.24%, followed by Blackberry at 6.53%, but each is generally trending downward, the latter’s chart looking like a good hill to sled down. Check out the chart after the break.
Opera announced via a press email that they will debut new versions of their popular browsers, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile, at Mobile World Congress 2012. These versions will have an emphasis on social browsing, and there will be an announcement regarding mobile payments.
Opera will come up with new versions of the Opera Mini and Mobile browsers whose new features will focus a lot on the social aspect of browsing. Opera has the highest market share when it comes to mobile browsing with more than 160 million active monthly users worldwide. Opera will also be making an announcement related to mobile payments which will democratize the area by bringing it to not just smartphone users.
Stay tuned to Talk Android for all the details from MWC, from February 27-March 1 2012.
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Dolphin Browser is one of the better Android browsers out there and they look to add more functionality to an already function rich experience. They have announced a partnership with the folks at Evernote that adds two new plugins to their browser. Both Evernote and Skitch will be integrated and allow you to annotate web page screenshots and save them automatically to your account. Desktop web browsers already have this and it’s a good move to bring it to mobile browsers. This should certainly beef up their browser in regards to its competition with both Firefox and Opera browsers. If you haven’t already, hit the break below to get Dolphin and the two browser plugins.
Today, the great city of San Fran held the popular AppNation conference where developers discussed a number of topics such as the development of mobile apps for cross platforms, monetization, advertising and various aspects of marketing strategies. Opera Software was present and introduced their new Appcelerate program for developers looking to distribute their app(s) to millions of mobile users. It looks like Opera wants a piece of the mobile apps store business much like Amazon’s App Store in addition to broadening the developers avenues for content distribution. Hey, like I always say, choice is good and we’re all for it.
“We are very excited about the APPCELERATE program, the first of it’s kind to help promote content and applications to a global audience” said Mahi de Silva, EVP, Consumer Mobile, Opera Software, “Just one month after the launch of the Opera Mobile Store, we are giving developers unique capabilities to promote their content in channels focused on devices, platforms and geographies”.
It appears as though Opera is really keeping the interest of the developer in mind here, and that’s great. Developers work very hard to develop and deliver great content and it’s nice to see someone assisting in getting their product out there for a specific desired platform and in a cost effective manner. Once developers create apps, they will also have the ability to upload them to the Opera browser where millions and millions of users can view and download them.
The Opera Appcelerate program is designed to help developers gain traction on the platform they want, within regions they’re targeting by offering unique ways to specify your audience, define a campaign, and even boost your promotion effectiveness with dollar for dollar co-marketing (get it while it’s hot):
Developers, you need to be here. Are you ready to step it up?
- Matching co-marketing funds for qualified developers to promote their application – effectively doubling your power! (a limited time offer)
- Featured promotion of select apps within the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers – stand out, get noticed.
- Want to be big in Brazil? You can be! Efficient pay-per-download campaign pricing to target only desired content channels, geographies, handsets and operating systems – Focus on specific regions and only use funds when users download your app. No more hoping you get noticed through expensive broad campaigns.
Ready to get started? Head on over to Opera’s Appcelerate page and sign up so you can distribute your apps to millions instantly. Hit the break for the full press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below, especially if you’re a developer.
Google has theirs (of course), Verizon has one, HTC might get one, Opera just launched one earlier this month and today, Amazon launched theirs. Depending on your carrier and your phone, you could have three or more market applications for your phone. With the launch of Amazon’s Appstore today, this got me to thinking…do we really need all of these different marketplaces?