October 21, 2014

Opera debuts Opera 12, Mini Next, and support for Intel chipsets

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Opera Software has announced a number of mobile initiatives at Mobile World Congress, many of which have Android implications.  For starters, there’s a new version of their popular mobile web browser, Opera 12, which improves on its predecesor with a few added features.

  • WebGL on Android phones, for all things 3D and web. With WebGL on mobile, it’ll be even easier to make games cross platform and to distribute them. “Opera have contributed significantly to the development of the WebGL specification and now Opera Mobile is playing a leading role in the roll-out of GPU-accelerated WebGL on Android,” said Neil Trevett, Khronos president and vice president of mobile content at NVIDIA.
  • Ragnarök, Opera’s HTML5 parser support, meaning better web apps and increased compatibility with websites. More HTML5 means more advanced web functionality.
  • Support for camera use in the browser.
  • More possibilities for customizing the Speed Dial of Opera Mobile, including entering as many Speed Dial entries as you like.

For those of you who prefer a smaller, not-so-feature-rich, experience, you’ll be happy to know that Opera is introducing Opera Mini Next.  In a beta-like fashion, the app gives early adopters a sneak preview at what is next for the mini web client.

In smartphone versions of Opera Mini Next, the Smart Page will not make an appearance in this version… Android users of Opera Mini Next will get a smoother browsing experience, with hardware acceleration and a revamped Speed Dial. The revamped Speed Dial screen, with an unlimited number of Speed Dial shortcuts, debuts in all versions of Opera Mini Next for easy access to all your favorite websites.

Rounding out the announcements today are support for both Intel architectures and MIPS-based Android tablets.

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