Opera’s webkit based Android browser out of beta, now in Google Play

opera 14 for android Opera has revealed that its Webkit based Android browser is no longer in beta and the stable version has been released in Google Play. The beta version was launched in March as the company switched from its previously used Presto browser engine.

The stable version also brings some new features like ability to toggle nav bar from top to bottom. Check out the full change-log below.

  • Toggle navigation bar from top to bottom.
  • Wrap text when you zoom.
  • View active tabs in full screen.
  • Search and navigate with a responsive address bar.

“Carrying the version number 14, the updated Opera for Android is built on top of Chromium 26, with a total overhaul of the UI in native code, making it fit well with the latest Android design guidelines,” noted Opera in a blog post.

Opera 14 also includes features like Off-Road mode, which loads webpages via Opera Mini servers, thus reducing the bandwidth usage by serving compressed pages.

The company also stated that Opera 14 is not ready for tablets and they are still working on various tablet-specific UI optimizations, and tablet-optimised version will be released later on.

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