The two-day Chrome Dev Summit at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View is a wrap! Vadim and I had a great time attending the summit, and this year, I even had the pleasure to speak about Progressive Web Apps
Norway is the nation that gave the world the paperclip and the cheese slicer, so it’s easy to see that R&D is a national tradition here. Today, Opera R&D released a labs build of Opera for Android with URL beacon detection.
The death of the feature phone is widely reported and greatly exaggerated. “Although we see a huge market ‘hype’ around smartphones, the fact remains that the India mobile handset market is still dominated by shipments of feature phones. On the other hand, smartphone shipments are growing fast” analyst Faisal Kawoosa said in a Times of India article reporting that smartphones comprise just 7% of the overall Indian handset market.
On Wednesday, we’ve announced our first Opera 18 build in the Developer Stream — it comes with a lot of bug fixes, and showcases some of the features we’re working on: themes support, quick access bar, improved tab handling (you can now drag tabs between browser windows), and under the hood you’ll find Chromium 31. If you have Opera Developer installed, the update will be applied automatically: check opera:about if you want to double check.
Opera 14 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. Go get the build from Google Play or point your browser to m.opera.com, and give it a spin!
Now that Opera for Android is out, you’ll sometimes need to debug it, as there are differences in Standards support between Opera and Chrome for Android and Chrome on Android 4+. Here’s how to connect Opera for Android to Chromium-based desktop browsers for remote debugging.
Yes, that’s right: 14. We think that the engine switch from Presto to WebKit that we announced a few weeks ago is such a big step that we decided to skip the 13 number altogether, and go straight to 14! But there’s more than just the engine to talk about: you’ll also notice a total overhaul of the UI in native code, making it fit well with the latest Android design guidelines. Go get the beta from Google Play or point your browser to m.opera.com, and give it a spin!
It’s been a long trip, but we’ve finally arrived — today our lasting intensive work on a WAC-1.0-compliant runtime is finished, and we are proudly presenting the final Golden build that we are also demonstrating at the Mobile World Congress event!
Howdy folks, in these short days of the year – “vintersolverv” in Norwegian – Opera Software has prepared something to lighten things up: the alpha release of our mobile widget manager for Android with support for WAC 1.0 APIs!
This article takes a look at one of Opera’s latest and greatest projects - the creation of an Opera Mini version that will run on Google’s Android open mobile development platform. Over the course of the article, we’ll explain why we created it, how, challenges we faced, and how you can try it out for yourself. We’d like to encourage you to try it out, and give us as much feedback as you possibly can. Enjoy!