Opera 36 beta released with a new tab switcher!

  • Hey, folks!
    We are happy to announce the release of Opera 36 beta.

    This version includes the new tab switcher that has been in the works for quite some time. It features a modern, new look and a better underlying structure to allow optimized resource management. We are still working on perfecting it, but we couldn't wait to share it with you. Please have a look and give us feedback!

    In addition to this, we are also making progressive web apps easier to find on the web. If you visit a certain site frequently, and it is served over HTTPS, has a manifest, is available offline, etc., we show a prompt suggesting that you add the web app in question to your home screen. If you want a list of web apps, you can check out https://operasoftware.github.io/pwa-list/.

    If you are interested in controlling your Bluetooth devices, you will be glad to know that we are experimenting with Web Bluetooth in the beta. For more information please check the specification https://webbluetoothcg.github.io/web-bluetooth/. Here is a demo where we control BB-8 from Star Wars https://twitter.com/brucel/status/701776216928493568. If you are interested in how this was made, please check out the source code on https://github.com/operasoftware/bb8. This feature is not enabled by default; you have to go to opera://flags if you want to enable it.

    We have heard your complaints about the pull-to-refresh feature. This feature is still enabled by default, but we have added a flag in opera://flags that you can toggle if you want to disable it.

    This release includes the following changes:

    • New fresh tab switcher
    • Web apps discoverability
    • Web Bluetooth experiment
    • A Chromium upgrade to version 49
    • Various UI, stability and usability improvements

    The update has been pushed to Google Play and should be available very soon. Please download Opera 36 beta for Android and leave us your feedback. We hope you like it!

  • The new tabs switching works well, however I'd like to request the private tab section not to be reachable by swiping. I like to open new tabs to the right of my open tabs, with the smaller tabs I can do this very quickly now, however I would need to swipe 1 left every time.
    Also, it's very blue :D
    Thanks!

  • Thanks for sorting out pull to refresh :)

    I like the new tab switching interface. I'd prefer a little more differentiation or some kind of hard stop before it scrolls from normal tabs straight into private tabs. I don't feel the need to use private browsing, so don't ever have private tabs open. The way it currently flows straight from normal tabs into private tabs regardless of whether you have a private tab open or not is a source of irritation waiting to happen.

  • I would prefer not blue but red background of tab switcher. It's much more friendly for eyes.

  • Where is the opera flag?

  • Where is the opera flag?

    You mean opera://flags/?

  • I would prefer not blue but red background of tab switcher. It's much more friendly for eyes.

    Maybe the background color could be an option?

  • Hmm, The new tab switcher is interesting. the mini thumbnails remind me of mini-cards in palm webos. Speaking of webos, I think opera could get some inspiration from webos "stacks" where one could stack tumbnails together and press and hold to move and arrange them. That would be like bringing tab stacking from desktop to to mobil.

  • I think I prefer the old way with the current page in the background at the top instead of just a solid color.

    Also seems like the mini thumbnails could be a little bigger, but maybe need to be small if there is a lot of them.

  • I agree with laingman.
    I immediately toggled back to the old style tabs view (using classic UI).

    With the current page in the background, the whole browser has more overview. You can more easily check "what the other tabs were", can remove needless tabs without losing your focus on the contents you are currently reading and you can quickly switch back to the webview-only display just by hitting somewhere of the current page contents. Thus, you don't need to pain your head with "where was I?" and search for the tab and butttons.
    This is very reasonable when you have a "main theme" and "research stuffs" to deal with the theme, e.g. Shopping - Amazon result page is on the main tab, the other tabs are articles about the products.

    To me, the old style is one of the "operanized" nice points and the reasons why I've choosing Opera on Android.
    The new style is rather a "degeneration" to the common millions browsers and is so much unreasonable as the others in tabs management.

  • Bypass user engagement checks flag feel useful too whitening some ads redirections.

  • quickly switch back to the webview-only display just by hitting somewhere of the current page contents. Thus, you don't need to pain your head with "where was I?" and search for the tab and butttons.

    I don't know about this beta but in the stable version you can go back to the tab you were before entering the tab switcher by using the device back button. It's not something "non-techies" usually figure out though (I see people constantly taking more steps to perform something because they're tied to the app UI controls).

  • There's issue with new tab switcher. Earlier one use to show page content, but this one show just white nothing. To show content of page in card of tab switcher you have to first view that page fullscreen and then when you open tab switcher it shows content. See:

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  • To me the advantage to the new tab switcher is that it is possible to scroll through tabs faster, and with the mini thumbnails one can get a big picture view of the tab order. I think it would have been better to keep you old ui and make it so that scrolling outside (below) the thumbnails is faster. The size of the old thumbnails was fine, the new ones are bigger but the page titles are shorter so no real advantage there. I wish they could keep the old ui and just add mini thumbs

    I do want to say big thank you for fixing the pull down to refresh feature.

  • There's issue with new tab switcher. Earlier one use to show page content, but this one show just white nothing. To show content of page in card of tab switcher you have to first view that page fullscreen and then when you open tab switcher it shows content.

    I'm not seeing that issue here. Does it happens only if opened tabs are from the same domain?

  • Opera never ask me to save login info for Chase bank. I was hoping this would work with the new version but no luck. A real pain it is :(

    I suppose Chase is trying not to allow auto login on mobil phones. But then again it works in the lastpass browser, but I hate having to leave opera to accomplish this

  • There's issue with new tab switcher. Earlier one use to show page content, but this one show just white nothing. To show content of page in card of tab switcher you have to first view that page fullscreen and then when you open tab switcher it shows content.

    I'm not seeing that issue here. Does it happens only if opened tabs are from the same domain?

    Happens for all my open pages at background

  • I have seen the blank pages once

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  • Has anyone else had any problems updating and now reinstalling the latest opera beta?

    [IMG]http://i64.tinypic.com/2hppr4n.jpg[/IMG]

    The standard Opera installation on the same device (Galaxy S4) is fine, both the standard and beta installations on my tablet (Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4) are fine as is the desktop installation of standard Opera that I'm using right now.

    I went through the whole google play troubleshooting checklist already.

    Any ideas?

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