Opera for Android: FAQ
There's a lot that's new and different in the latest Opera browser for Android. To help you get the most out of it, here's an overview of your top questions and comments.
General information about features
Q: What's new in Opera for Android?
• New “native” UI design, built from the ground up
• New Speed Dial with easy-to-use visual folders
• Discover feature: a great way to get the latest news and entertainment
• Off-Road mode: compression technology for travel and demanding network conditions
• Combined search and address bar
• Private browsing tabs
• Chromium/Blink-based browser technology, with better website compatibility
Q: What is the Discover feature?
The Discover feature, available with a quick swipe to the right of the Speed Dial screen, is a curated list of top websites available in your selected country. Choose your fields of interest, and let the Discover feature do the legwork of bringing you the latest news of your interest. The list is maintained by Opera and updated constantly to verify the quality of sites and content.
Q: How does the new Speed Dial work?
We found that a lot of Speed Dial users see the feature as a kind of visual bookmarking system, and we've expanded on that idea. Now, users can easily group several different Speed Dial entries together to make quick-access bookmark groups.
- Just drag one Speed Dial entry over to another, and a group is made.
- Using a long-press on one of the Speed Dial entries, you can rearrange the Speed Dial order to your liking.
- For those who have upgraded from an earlier version of Opera Mobile with bookmarks, Opera for Android has an integrated bookmark-import feature that lets the user convert bookmarks to the new Speed Dial.
Q: What is Off-Road mode?
Off-Road mode uses the cloud-based compression technology from the Opera Mini browser. This has some advantages and some drawbacks.
- On slow and unreliable networks, Off-Road mode loads pages significantly faster than the normal browsing mode.
- Data usage is significantly reduced and can be adjusted by changing the image quality setting.
- On slower devices, page rendering and scrolling can be faster.
- Some dynamic website features might not work flawlessly in Off-Road mode due to its architecture.
Q: Is Off-Road mode secure?
The traffic between your device and our servers is encrypted when browsing secure webpages. However, the cloud-based compression technology utilized by Off-Road mode needs to have access to the unencrypted version of the webpage in order to compress the data. Therefore, no strict end-to-end encryption between the client and the remote web server is possible.
If you need full end-to-end encryption, simply disable Off-Road mode in the main menu.
If you do not trust Opera Software, make sure you do not use Off-Road mode to transmit any kind of sensitive information.
Q: Where is the exit button?
Long-press the back button on your device to access the quick history navigation menu. Besides a list of previously visited pages, you will also find an exit option here.
Some recent Samsung Galaxy software versions capture long presses on the back button for other uses. On these devices, it is still possible to do an explicit exit by setting the navigation bar placement to “Bottom” and long pressing on the back arrow in the bottom navigation bar.
Note that it is normally not necessary to use the explicit exit option on the Android OS in order to free up memory for other apps. The platform will automatically manage the running applications as memory is needed.
Q: Where is the "Fit to screen" text wrapping feature?
This feature is now disabled by default but can be re-enabled in Settings.
Q: Why is the address/navigation bar at the top now?
We have moved the navigation bar to the top of the screen to better adhere to modern Android UI conventions. However, if you would rather have the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, this can be changed in Settings.
Q: Where is the Opera Link feature?
Opera Link is available in a web version on the Opera for Android browser. The web version is accessible through the Settings page under the Opera logo in the browser. We plan on expanding the Opera Link feature in the future.
Q: Where are all my old bookmarks?
All your old bookmarks are migrated and kept in a separate folder on your Speed Dial, called “Legacy Bookmarks”. You can choose to convert all of them into Speed Dial entries or pick the ones you need, one by one, by tapping the icon next each bookmark.
Q: How do I add a page to Speed Dial?
Q: How do I save a page for offline use?
Tap the "+" on the left side in the address bar, and you will get an option to either add the current site to your Speed Dial or save it for offline use.
Q: Is there a full-screen mode in Opera for Android?
The address bar will scroll out of view you once you navigate down in a document, providing the same space as a dedicated full-screen mode. If the bottom navigation bar is activated, there is a full-screen button in landscape mode for a truly minimalistic UI experience.
Q: Which versions of Android are you supporting with Opera for Android?
Opera for Android is currently targeting mobile phones and tablets with version 3 and up.
Q: When will the iOS version be out?
When it's ready, we'll launch it. Don't worry—we'll let you know.
Q: Will Opera for Android replace Opera Mini on Android?
No, Opera for Android replaces Opera Mobile on Android platforms. Opera Mini will still be available in Google Play for Android devices and other platforms.
Q: Will Opera for Android replace Opera Mobile on Android?
Yes, it replaces Opera Mobile.
However, we have made the old Opera Mobile available in Google Play as a separate application called Opera Mobile Classic. You can find it here. Note that this version is unmaintained and will not receive any updates.
Q: Does Opera Mobile Classic run Presto or WebKit?
Opera Mobile Classic runs the Presto engine.
Q: Where is the support for HTML5 Camera/getUserMedia?
In the current version of Opera for Android, there is no support for HTML5 Camera/getUserMedia. It will be added in future versions.
Q: How can I change the download destination folder?
Open the download view by tapping Download in the main menu, then you can go into the download specific settings and change the destination folder.
Q: Why can't I download media files, only stream them?
Long-press the media content and select Download or use the download button in the playback controls. The download button will appear when you start streaming the media source. Please note that many websites only offer media content as streams that cannot be downloaded.
Q: Why is Opera for Android so much larger to download/install now?
With the change to the Blink rendering engine, the binary has increased in size. This is a trade-off for better website compatibility.
Q: Does Opera for Android support Flash?
Flash for Android is no longer supported by Adobe, and most video sites now offer the content as HTML5 video instead, which plays fine.
Q: Where can I get a response to a question not answered here?
Try asking @opera on Twitter (https://twitter.com/opera).