Opera 18 for Android

  • Dear All,

    We are glad to announce that we have released Opera 18 for Android. We welcome you to give it a try and let us know what you think of it. Please do not hesitate and report issues via "Report a problem" tool in Settings.

    Changelog for this update:

    - based on chromium 31
    - new UI for tablet devices
    - improvements in search engine list
    - new remote debugging feature (requires new permissions)
    - fixed issue with fullscreen video playback
    - fixed issue with HW back button on Discover
    - fixed issue with viewport size in new tab
    - fixed issue with keybord staying on screen
    - fixed issue with page reload when leaving text input in off-road pages
    - various stabilization and performance improvements

    The update is available now in Google Play. All users are recommended to update.We are looking forward to your feedback!

  • No update for Beta?

  • I'm still seeing tabs reloading 😞

  • No beta testing, is the forum coming to the end with My Opera?

  • Bookmarks from my Windows 7 Opera 12.16 still aren't appearing in this latest version of Opera for Android on my Nexus5 even though Opera Link is enabled, and previous versions were working on my Nexus4.

  • you can't "enable" link on opera mobile 14-18, the feature doesn't exist yet.
    the opera link button in settings is just a permanent bookmark for the link website.

    this version seems a lot more stable than previous versions as I haven't had any pages crash on me after they where loaded, but a few times opening a link(in gmail app, a website, or in discover) caused the tab to crash right away(before loading the new page)

    and a question for people with "reloading tabs":
    how many tabs do you have open, and what device do you have?
    it is normal behavior for opera(and any other well-built browser) to unload background tabs when running low on memory, and then reloading them when they're accessed.

    if all tabs reload(including the active tab) after minimizing opera (home button) it means android decided it needed more ram and killed opera, in which case opera can't do anything about it except lower ram usage.

  • Originally posted by therealankit:

    No beta testing, is the forum coming to the end with My Opera?

    Hm no, as detailed in the announcement the forums will be moved elsewhere at opera.com. There's even a new Mobile blog: http://blogs.opera.com/mobile/ though it doesn't include a post about the new release (yet?). Maybe beta testing wan't needed. Several Opera Mobile 10~12 versions were released without a prior beta.

    Originally posted by Diego1981:

    Bookmarks from my Windows 7 Opera 12.16 still aren't appearing in this latest version of Opera for Android on my Nexus5 even though Opera Link is enabled, and previous versions were working on my Nexus4.

    The latest version of Opera for Android doesn't support sync yet. If you upgraded from the version 12 it'll offer to import your bookmarks converting them to Speed Dial entries (it'll drop all of them in a special folder at the SD and require manual sorting if you want to move them to the Speed Dial) but sync will only begin to work properly in a newer version yet to be released.

  • I have upgraded from previous versions of Opera Mobile for Android to this latest version; there used to be a Bookmarks folder on the Speed Dial where all your desktop Bookmarks were held, I believe in the FAQ of Opera Mobile they refer to this as Legacy Bookmarks. My point is that the Legacy Bookmark folder on the Speed Dial is no longer there, even though I'm logged in with my Opera account.

  • Please provide cache to SD card support.

  • Originally posted by therealankit:

    Please provide cache to SD card support.

    +1

  • How to delete search engine from list?

  • Originally posted by Zetl:

    How to delete search engine from list?

    You would just need to swipe the entry to left or right from the list but it seems that option is gone. :eek:

  • Wow, the new debug option over tcp works nice, no more hassle with USB and adb.
    Kudos! (and see the power and speed of websockets)

    Couldn't get UPNP working, with VirtualBox on Linux and an Windows opera browser, tcp worked also in VB!

  • It seems you removed the option to relocate the toolbar to the bottom in the new version. It's still available on my phone but not the tablet. I really hope you bring it back. Its that option that really sets opera apart for me.

    I also noticed there is no longer a way to preview all open tabs. This is really a regress in funtionality.

  • Originally posted by selurus:

    I'm still seeing tabs reloading 😞

    I think this issue is present in Chrome for Android too. Opening two 2 tabs with one My Opera topic on each and 1 tab from The Next Web + its DISQUS comments was able to make My Opera tab to reload. But I'd really like to receive a confirmation because in a subsequent test Chrome was able to handle my tab-switching better (~7 tabs). I don't even have Chrome normally installed in my phone since I can't stand it so someone else please can report to us better if the issue is really present in the "official" Google Chrome?

    The closest thing to this issue I can find in Chromium bug tracker is this one:
    https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=171316
    But this bug report dates back to Chrome(ium) 18 while I only started observing this aggressive reload of open tabs in Opera 16 which is based in Chromium 29.

    What's weird is when I check the RAM it shows there's 200+ MB of free RAM available.

    The situation for us is not THAT bad now... In Opera 16 the tabs in the background would reload completely from the network when you came back to them and if you have typed something in a text field there you'd lose it, but since the version jump to Opera 18 they're handling background tabs in the same way as Chrome, the tabs are reloaded from a local cache with all the typed text intact. So... This is an improvement in Opera's side.

    Too bad it also affects the browser startup... I liked to be able to use other apps, Android RAM management killed Opera and when I come back to it the previously opened pages would reload to show the latest version like "Continue where I left off" does in the desktop. The load from local cache in that specific case (startup) is weird because for example if I had the My Opera forums main page there are new posts to topics I'm subscribed to. It's a disadvantage but maybe this is just because the web page isn't using a good technology to fetch the new posts(?). The advantage is never losing what you type in text fields and less network usage and I admire that.

  • Where is Opera 17 for Android?

  • Originally posted by warrenm:

    It seems you removed the option to relocate the toolbar to the bottom in the new version. It's still available on my phone but not the tablet. I really hope you bring it back. Its that option that really sets opera apart for me.

    I also noticed there is no longer a way to preview all open tabs. This is really a regress in funtionality.

    I agree.
    These two changes have removed the two things I loved the most about Opera for Android over all other browsers.
    What a disappointment.

  • I find this forced upgrade to Opera for Andriod 18 to have made Opera all but unusable for many of my needs now. And with the forced exporting of all data from, and the deletion of, Mobile Classic by Opera for Android, makes this browser now just a joke. It pales in comparison as to what it once was. It's the browser of No, Can't Do That, and Oops! It Doesn't work.

    I gave a little rant on this in another post. But I will add two things here that I see are missing in the worst ways:

    Where's the reload button?

    And why can't a bookmark be saved to the home page? (Oh wait.. is it because Opera thinks we don't need bookmarks anymore?) 😕

    Funny, the links I used in Mobile Classic, open up pages in this browser without a problem.. but I can't create new ones.

  • Originally posted by photohobbyistkg:

    Where's the reload button?

    Inside the address field, at the rightmost spot.

    Originally posted by photohobbyistkg:

    And why can't a bookmark be saved to the home page?

    Visit the page -> O Menu -> Add to Speed Dial.

    Originally posted by photohobbyistkg:

    forced upgrade

    Quite the opposite. That update requires additional permissions so you had to confirm it, and that's on top of the option to let an app to auto-update or not the Google Play Store gives you.

  • Originally posted by rafaelluik:

    Inside the address field, at the rightmost spot.

    Okay, cool. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

    Originally posted by rafaelluik:

    the page -> O Menu -> Add to Speed Dial.

    I do not think you understand. I don't want the bookmark on my Opera speed dial. I want bookmarks on my tablet home page/desktop. Mobile Classic allows for this.

    Originally posted by rafaelluik:

    Quite the opposite. That update requires additional permissions so you had to confirm it, and that's on top of the option to let an app to auto-update or not the Google Play Store gives you.

    I didn't have Opera for Android 18 on my tablet. Only Mobile Classic. Thus when seeing the update. It looked like one for Mobile Classic. Not O for A 18. So, like the travesty of having once installed O for A 16, everything was ported over to this, and Mobile Classic was removed. That is something I DID NOT give my concent to.

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