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Opera releases first beta of Android web browser

Better be a browser beater
Tue Mar 05 2013, 12:15
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NORWEGIAN SOFTWARE HOUSE Opera has released a beta of its first web browser app for Android.

The Opera web browser beta app for Android is so fresh in the Google Play store that it is still steaming. Opera has applied a glossy shine to its description that might encourage users of other Android web browsers to give it a try.

The description on the Google Play store download page makes Opera's Android web browser beta sound like the fanciest thing that might ever grace your hardware. Or, a souped up version of the Opera Mini and Mobile web browsers, the cut down mobile releases that are already out.

This Opera release promises personalised news, downloadable music and movies and "search better". From the sounds of it, if all the mobile web browsers were on a beach, it would be Opera's new boy in town that would be kicking sand in everyone's face.

Behold its cue-all claims. It lets you find friends, how we don't know, it is fast and easy to use - it would be maddening if it were slow and complicated - and it lets you bookmark pages, which we should bloody well expect.

Make no mistake, this is a web browser for the early part of the 21st century. It even, so its description promises, lets you rename files on your phone or tablet. Imagine that. Renaming a file. Whatever will they think of next?

It has had a few reviews already and the majority, over 150 punters, have awarded it a five star rating. Seven independent souls gave it one star. Perhaps it made them spill their tea or something.

While there are other Mobile and Mini Opera web browsers, this is the first one from Opera to use the Webkit based rendering engine after the firm dropped its Presto rendering engine in February. Opera says that this helps deliver a "superior" experience to the user.

It seems that iOS and Windows Phone users should press their faces against their app store shop windows now and wait for their hardware to get its own version of Opera. µ


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