Opera 36 released

  • We are happy to announce the release of Opera 36.

    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. We have looked at your feedback from the beta and addressed bugs and issues we have found. 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. 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 for Android and leave us your feedback. We hope you like it!

  • So how do I turn off this new tab switcher? It was a major complaint from the Beta Release and I don't want to use it now.

    And the audio focus issue still exists. Youtube pauses for notification sounds. PLEASE turn this off. Put it in flags if you have to. I am sick and tired of leaving this feedback on every release. You do not listen to your users and it is disgusting.

    With the new tab switcher my main reason for using Opera is gone (bottom screen tabs). If I can't change it back I may as well find a new browser. Maybe if you LISTENED to feedback you wouldn't continually piss off your tiny userbase.

  • @thehyecircus

    Sorry to hear you don't like the new tab switcher. We have a flag in opera://flags which you can set to enable the old ui. But I really think you should give the new one a try, it might grow on you.

    Regarding the audio issue, I've talked to the developer behind the feature and I'm sorry to say this is something that is unlikely to change.

  • @thehyecircus
    Sorry to hear you don't like the new tab switcher. We have a flag in opera://flags which you can set to enable the old ui. But I really think you should give the new one a try, it might grow on you.
    Regarding the audio issue, I've talked to the developer behind the feature and I'm sorry to say this is something that is unlikely to change.

    Let me talk to the developer then. They're making a fundamentally wrong choice for a good browsing experience. They're going against an established feature of the Opera browser. Bottom screen tabs and being able to watch a video without my notifications interrupting it are what set Opera apart from the others. It is a VITAL difference between the browsers. I cannot STRESS how important a change this is.

    You MUST listen to your users.

  • @operamilleson
    Do you plan to add possibility to open YouTube videos externally with youtube app? Many times (during daily use) yourube videos are not loaded at all, there's really hartvto xontrol video in such browser. I saw and see many people here on forum wabt this feature, but you even not try 😞 😕

  • Suggestion for developer

    Please add dark or night theme

    White background is straining on the eyes at night even with minimum brightness

    Will be much appreciated

  • Thank God that we can still use the old tab layout from the flags page, I never even thought of that. Looks like I won't need to get a different browser after all. Please keep supporting the user friendly 'old' tab managing method in future versions of opera as well and I'll keep being a happy user!

  • Thank God that we can still use the old tab layout from the flags page

    Always remembering that a flag can be removed at any time.

  • New tab layout is better than old tabs layout, so the developer can remove it if they love removing things

  • New tab layout is better than old tabs layout, so the developer can remove it if they love removing things

    It might be better for users of other browsers because it's exactly the same, but as a 2 year Opera user I will switch to another browser if I'm forced to use that uncomfortable tab browsing anyway so I hope they'll just keep supporting the 'old' way.

  • I'm indifferent towards the new tab switcher. I can't honestly say I think it's a huge improvement over the previous method. It's just different.

    I'm going to work on the basis that the new tab switcher is still a work in progress. So forgetting the fact it crashed Opera Mobile on me the very first time I tried to use it. I find it frequently shows a blank white box of an open webpage/tab instead of a thumbnail view of the page. I would prefer it if the tab switcher also showed more complete thumbnails of your open tabs instead of all of the main tab in focus and just half of one other open tab and then nothing at all of the third and so on. It's cumbersome to have a large thumbnail view of your focused tab, then half a large view of your second tab and then another tiny view underneath that displays how many tabs you have in total. I think this should all be combined into one single view that shows a greater nummber of your open tabs with complete thumbnail views of them to aid quick recognition and selection.

    I've mentioned before that I really do not like that there is no clear separation between normal and private tabs. It's irritating to constantly find myself accidentally swiping into private tabs when I never use them. It's another "pull to refresh" kind of thing.

  • It might be better for users of other browsers because it's exactly the same, but as a 2 year Opera user I will switch to another browser if I'm forced to use that uncomfortable tab browsing anyway so I hope they'll just keep supporting the 'old' way.

    The tab thumbnails are pretty much in the same position they used to be before here (in the Classic layout). I mean, I don't need to reach the top of the screen to select one of them. Does your device have a very big screen or resolution perhaps? Because I can't see the big difference, and it's still much better than Chrome or Firefox's tab switcher BTW.

  • After this update (36.0.2126), I cannot run Opera... the error message is "Opera need more space to run,Please try to clear app data or try to uninstall some application".
    But there is 3GB free on internal storage on my Motorola Razr i.
    App is reinstalled, data & cache deleted... does not help 😞

  • I decided to give the new tab switcher another try. I had to give up and go back to the old one.

    Not having the tab current tab in the background is a real deal breaker for me. It's different but certainly not better,

  • Hi folks,

    Today we released a minor update for Opera 36 which includes the following changes:

    • Easier to tap on X button to close a tab
    • Fix for crash on Huawei Ascend P6
    • Chromium fixes

    Update is already available in Google Play. Please try it and give us your feedback. Thank you!

  • if popup blocker is enabled, why do opera enable pop up ad-pages and google play links?

  • Hmm crashes are much less frequent since 36. I still had one, nonetheless...

    These were actually replaced by "tab is not responding do you want to close/wait?" messages. The message almost always appear when you visit a website, switch to another app then go back to Opera (or locking the screen with a page opened in Opera then unlocking). There's a small lag then the message appears and the tab becomes responsive again.

    Other nuisances:

    • 1- When I open a page in a new tab in the background the thumbnail is not created it stays as a fully white thumbnail and not even the page title is loaded onto the tab switcher. That makes it impossible to identify and navigate through tabs open in the background.

    • 2- Tab switcher is scrolling all the way to the left when you close a tab previous to the one you're using. Steps: Open 3 different pages in different tabs. As you stay in the 3rd tab, open the tab switcher and swipe up the 2nd one and you'll see. It's impossible to manage tabs that way (even more so if you have more than 3), really cumbersome.

    I'm not sold in this version yet...

    BTW the design of the new tab switcher is not that great to be honest, now that I see it in first person, the part with the page title and X button reminds me of Android ICS stock browser. It's "generic" and Holo instead of Material, IDK.

  • Tried installing the new Opera Android, it's listed as Opera Full Browser. Downloaded it and tried to install it...won't install.

    Any help appreciated

  • Yeah. I would say the old switcher was alright and didn't need fixing. Probly could have spent the time on improving other aspects of the browser to make it even more better than the others.

  • I have some questions:
    -Is Opera 37 for Android going to have the native ad-blocking?
    -Are there any plans bringing Opera Mini's "Night Mode + Reduce eye strain" to Opera for Android as well?

    Thanks in advance.

    P.S. wow I still have this account here, all right. Feeling happy that Opera has fixed all those problems that infuriated me back in the day, keep up the good work in every product 🙂

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