Opera made an important announcement last month saying that it would be abandoning its Presto engine in favor of the popular Webkit engine. There seemed to be many reasons for this but the primary one was that Opera would rather commit itself to developing the open source webkit and improve the web experience for the better than stick to their proprietary rendering engine. The company said that the Presto rendering engine will be succeeded by the Webkit engine across their desktop and mobile browsers gradually.
The company announced the availability of a beta build of the new Opera browser using the Webkit engine on Google Play. I downloaded it and gave it a go and I have to say that I like it. The beta version sports design and usability improvements. There is a redesigned homepage and other sections like History and Discover.
The browser looks clean and loads webpages pretty fast compared to the earlier version. Even though it is a beta release, there hardly seem to be any bugs as far as my usage is concerned. Additional features include a discover tab which loads fresh content from the page thus giving you an easier way to check out the top news in different categories really fast.
Besides that this new browser integrated the Opera Mini compression functionality right into it with the introduction of a feature called Off-Road mode, which when switched on lets you to surf and load webpages even in areas where the data network is limited. This will be a big draw in a country like India where data coverage is far from good. Besides this, the tab switching and viewing bit has been made better to look at and use.
Give it a go and tell us how you like it.
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