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[Suggestion] Background tab audio play

  • I'm currently using a Galaxy S4 and Opera 35 for Android. When playing a YouTube video, the audio playback immediately stops if I switch tabs or switch to another app. There are currently very few Android browsers that support background tab audio playback. Firefox for Android does it right (usually), problem is that Firefox freezes too frequently, and Opera is always silky smooth and fast, so I'd rather use Opera on Android.

    I've also noticed that Opera on Android has problems playing webm videos. I can get no audio or video. This may be an unrelated bug though, so a bit uncertain.

    Anyway, background tab audio playback is probably the main showstopper preventing me from using Opera as primary browser. The other two are adblock (not a huge deal as I can use another app for systemwide adblock, but would prefer an Opera native solution), and perhaps more importantly the ability to export and import the list of open tabs. This last is mainly for peace of mind in case Opera crashes and somehow loses all tabs, or my phone's mainboard dies, so that I could have a .txt list of tabs saved on SD card as backup.

    The latter two suggestions could probably be solved by addons, so naturally I'm also curious as to whether addon support will be developed, and if so, if there might be a possible eta for beta testing.

    But that's all secondary to the topic. Main thing is to discuss the possibility of background tab audio.