Opera 36 for Android is out and available in Google Play. While this release comes with the latest Chromium upgrade (49), it also includes a few more  interesting changes.

Opera for Android mobile browser tab switcher fast secure

 

The most visual change is the brand-new tab switcher. We rebuilt it to be easier for you to use, and reduced its memory usage significantly, allowing for you to have more open tabs available. The two tab overviews allow you to find the tab you need in an instant, and closing tabs is super simple as well: just flick up a tab to close it.

Also, private tab mode is now easier to find — it’s just a swipe or tap away from the normal tab-switching mode, and it’s indicated with a cute little ghost, who makes sure all your secrets stay secret.

 

 

Opera for Android mobile browser add to home screen app fast secure

This release also comes with a new progressive web app discovery mechanism. Sites like Flipkart, Get Kana! or Inbox Attack, function almost like a native app when they are added to the home screen. If you visit such a web app frequently, we’ll show you a dialog, suggesting to add it to your home screen.

We’re still tweaking how often this dialog appears, to keep it from feeling too intrusive, but we believe it offers exciting possibilities.

Unlike the “install our app” banners plaguing the mobile web, this dialog is only shown if the user positively engages with the site in question, and it incentivizes web owners to start implementing progressive web app technologies.

 

We’ve also included experimental Web Bluetooth support in this release. To activate it, go to opera:flags, enable the “Web Bluetooth” option and restart the browser. You can then play around with demos like our BB8 controller, or create your own control interface, to interact with various Bluetooth LE devices. We’re excited about the possibilities this API offers: you’ll be able to control your Internet of Things devices from the comfort of your web browser, without needing to install multiple apps that take up valuable space.
So, that’s a wrap! Let us know what you think!

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    “While this release comes with the latest Chromium upgrade (39)”

    I think you meant 49.

  • garry

    Guess what I did first? Yep, binned off “pull to refresh”. Happy days. Thanks for the option.

    Why worry about tweaking at what stage web app nag screens become irritating and intrusive. Simply make receiving those nags a user option too. Problem solved :o)

    Unfortunately the new tab switcher crashed and froze Opera Mobile the very first time I used it. The current set up is just like “pull to refresh”. It is far too easy to essentially misactivate it and unintentionally swipe into private tabs from normal tabs. There needs to be some kiind of clear differentiation between them. Perhaps a double tap or simply just tap “Private” to view private tabs, if you have any. Anyway, as I was unintentionally swiping into private tabs, the background turned pale yellow and the screen froze with half my open tab visible to the left of the screen and half the ghost like icon of private browsing visible to the right. oops! Opera remained unresponsive until I closed it in the task switcher and restarted.

    • ultraviolet

      “Guess what I did first? Yep, binned off “pull to refresh”. Happy days. Thanks for the option.”

      where would that option be? can’t seem to find it

      • Rafael Luik

        Type opera:flags in the address field press enter and look for the setting.

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  • x a

    I like the separation of provate tabs and normal tabs, respectively.

    It’s not new to this release, but an issue the new tab view didn’t address: Assuming classic layout: Why did you place the “sync’ed tabs” button left on the tabs view bottom bar and not in the same place as the “sync’ed speed dials” on the main view bottom bar? Always takes me like ages to find the respective sync button…

  • Jaiba Mon

    Please, let me change my default search provider. Add Bing and Duck Duck Go, too.

    Also, it’s a bit sad that some nice feature from Opera Mini aren’t available to Opera, things like the better new tab page, the red header, the QR scanner, the night mode, and so.

  • Ricardo

    Opera is always lagging behind Chrome security updates.
    49.0.2623.87 is the version this Opera is using, and was released on March 8, 2016.
    49.0.2623.95 was released on March 15, 2016.
    49.0.2623.108 security update was released on March 24, 2016.
    49.0.2623.110 was released on March 28, 2016.

    • Rafael Luik

      What? Latest Chrome for Android is dated 23th March version 49.0.2623.105.

      So Chrome is lagging behind Chrome too? lol

      .95/.108/.105/.110 probably probably doesn’t have important changes or doesn’t even affect Opera’s code as it does Chrome’s or something so they decided to skip or delay it. Remember just because an issue affects Chrome it doesn’t mean it affects Opera. On top of that Opera have the ability to patch something themselves without changing the Chromium release number if they decide the task would be smaller than updating the whole Chromium engine for an incoming release. Don’t worry…

      • Ricardo

        Possibly, security commits went between .105 and .95 (note that some commits only increase version number).

        doesn’t even affect Opera’s code as it does Chrome’s or something so they decided to skip or delay it
        Could be true, but New Opera team is not talking about security.

        updating the whole Chromium engine
        I don’t think so… In modern development, it would be a matter of simply merging the diffs of a few files; or yet easier, merge a commit from another branch.

        • Rafael Luik

          New Opera team is not talking about security

          opera.com/blogs/security
          I’m pretty sure there are employees dedicated to security.

          • Ricardo

            They still say more about Opera 12 security updates than Blink Opera (15+). Nothing about each new desktop/mobile releases. lol

          • Rafael Luik

            The point is there are employees dedicated to security.

            Nothing about each new desktop/mobile releases. lol

            They don’t need to write every issue in the public changelog they publish, there’s the usual phrase about latest release including the latest “stability. performance and **security** improvements” and that’s enough.

            I won’t go further in this discussion because you just want to insist on arguing you have knowledge on something you have no clue about (the state of security maintenance in the Opera browsers).

          • Ricardo

            Glad to know you are a lawyer working for Opera, or at least believe in vague statements. I believe more in “a vulnerable Chrome version contains vulnerabilities”, than in “because it is inside Opera it is invulnerable”.
            I don’t want to hear more from you, but from any real Opera representative. Bye.

          • Rafael Luik

            What? You don’t need an Opera representative, glad to know you have knowledge of all of Opera’s inner workings, projects, bug reporting system, source code, their HR department, etc.

          • Davey126

            re: The point is there are employees dedicated to security.

            Right – and you know this. Hallarious.

  • Lukas

    I must say I don’t like the new tab switcher… I want my tabs fully loaded once I open them in background. Opened tab in background is in the tab switcher without image, just white rectangle with title. What upgrade is that?

  • Mike Skev

    I cannot get this to run as it claims not enough space.I have 1.7GB free. How much space does it need. I am running it on an asus fonepad with android 4.1.2.

    I have cleared caches as recommended but no joy. 35 was no problem.

    Any ideas

  • Bexdon

    Opera 36 for Android is a privacy nightmare. A list of recently visited websites can be displayed simply by tapping the plus button in Speed Dial — even after the user has cleared the browser’s history.

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  • Ricardo

    Thanks for today’s update to Chrome 49.0.2623.110, with Opera v.36.1.2126.102083.
    Even though latest Chrome is .112, which seems to be an insignificant update anyway.

  • xirit64

    Can you please bring Opera Mini’s “Night Mode + Reduce eye strain” to Opera for Android as well? It’s so much helpful.

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    Can you please bring Opera Mini’s “Night Mode + Reduce eye strain” to Opera for Android as well? It’s so much helpful.

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    Video was fun. Where can i get one of them? By the way i saw new tab switcher. It has been much easier to use. Thanks a lot for these news.

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    I like the separation of provate tabs and normal tabs, respectively.

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    It’s not new to this release, but an issue the new tab view didn’t address: Assuming classic layout: Why did you place the “sync’ed tabs” button left on the tabs view bottom bar and not in the same place as the “sync’ed speed dials” on the main view bottom bar? Always takes me like ages to find the respective sync button…
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