Opera Browser Beta

Opera Browser Beta

Elegant and fast web browser for Android

The Opera browser for Android is designed to help you do more online while using less data. Its minimalist user interface is easy to use and the technology behind the Opera browser makes loading pages on your phone much faster. View full description

PROS

  • Smart Speed Dial section
  • Loads pages very quickly in Off-Road mode
  • Slick tabbed browsing integration
  • Quick access to your browsing history
  • Offers recommended content on start page
  • Attractive user interface

CONS

  • No progress bar
  • Doesn't support Flash

Very good
8

The Opera browser for Android is designed to help you do more online while using less data. Its minimalist user interface is easy to use and the technology behind the Opera browser makes loading pages on your phone much faster.

Opera already has two Android browsers, Opera Mobile and Opera Mini, which are exactly the same - except Mini reroutes traffic through Opera servers to compress data.

Even more features

Other features of Opera Browser Beta for Android include tabbed browsing, 'Find in Page', a download manager, and the ability to download web pages for offline browsing. The app includes an omnibar which supports search and address entry with auto-complete.

Opera Sync is another feature that has been recently added to the app. Opera Sync allows you to the sync bookmarks that you have on your desktop Opera browser to your Android app (and vice versa).

Navigating with Opera Browser

Using the Speed Dial in Opera browser feels very much like the iOS experience. Shortcuts take the form of icons, which you can pick up and drag around. Like iOS you can create folders out of different web page links by dragging icons on top of each other.

Accessing your browser history with the Opera browser is simpler than it is in most other Android browsers. Slide to the left from the Speed Dial on the front page and you'll see all your recently visited sites listed in a very clear way.

The Android Opera browser allows you to bring up a context menu simply by long-clicking on an item. If it's a link it will give you options for how you want to open it, and if it's an image you'll get the option to save it to your device.

The tabbed browsing experience in the Opera browser is slicker and easier than it is in Opera Mini and Opera Mobile. The panel is larger, meaning you can see more of each page in the preview thumbnail and swiping through the open tabs is smoother. There's a handy drop-down menu next to the tabs for opening a private tab or closing all tabs.

Loading pages using the Opera browser can be very quick, especially in Off Road mode. Although you shouldn't be waiting for pages to load for too long, the inclusion of a progress bar would've been nice for cases where lots of data needs to be downloaded first.

Opera browser users the same WebKit rendering engine used by Safari on iOS and by Google Chrome. It supports web standards very well and during our tests we experienced no problems with pages not displaying properly.

It's a shame that Opera browser doesn't support Flash, or at the very least, Flash Video. If you're a big fan of Flash content you'd be better off with a browser such as Dolphin Browser or Puffin Browser. Check out our post about how to play Flash on Android devices for more.

A smart choice

Opera browser is a smart, user friendly browser that can load web content quickly. It's in beta release and is missing a few features, but we like it.

What's new in the latest version of Opera?

The latest version of the Opera Browser for Android adds a bunch of new features designed to improve your browsing experience. Among the changes are: a new tab synchronization feature, improved text wrap, 64-bit suppport, and various stability and usability improvements.

Opera Browser Beta

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Opera Browser Beta