Improved memory usage and new exit dialog in Opera 28 for Android beta

  • Hi, everyone!

    We've just updated the beta channel to Opera 28.

    This release contains:

    • Texture compression (so Opera will use significantly less graphics memory)
    • Chromium version update to 41
    • New exit dialog
    • Various stability and usability improvements

    If you've been following this forum, you'll notice the new exit dialog, warning you that tabs will be closed. This feature was added in response to feedback raised right here in this forum. We're always very grateful to hear back from you what you think about the product.

    The texture compression feature is the first in many steps to reduce memory usage on Opera for Android.

    The update has been pushed to Google Play and should be available very soon. Please download Opera 28 for Android from Google Play and leave us your feedback as usual.

  • Wasn't sync supposed to come in 28? 😞

  • @loxiw Bookmarks sync is available in the beta it just wasn't mentioned again in the beta release notes.

  • @loxiw Bookmarks sync is available in the beta it just wasn't mentioned again in the beta release notes.

    I understand, then it'll jump to stable with 28? If that's the case this is a really exciting update 😃

  • The texture compression feature is the first in many steps to reduce memory usage on Opera for Android.

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    @loxiw Bookmarks sync is available in the beta it just wasn't mentioned again in the beta release notes.

    I understand, then it'll jump to stable with 28? If that's the case this is a really exciting update 😃

    Please yes, I also hope so. That must finally come.

    Having that said I have no use for a exit button at all, I'd rather to close all tabs and leave the browser in the memory so I can come back to it faster later. The OS can take care of it automatically, or I can use the recent apps view to swipe Opera out of the RAM when I really need to close it.

  • Hi guys,

    Generally speaking what is in the Beta will be in the next release of final, but sometimes things are unveiled in the beta channel that forces us to push the feature back. A good example of this is Texture Compression which has wide reaching technical implications which are not all easy to foresee until it's "in the wild", or Sync which has a lot of moving parts and several teams working toward the same goal. Both of these features have appeared in earlier betas.

  • informative

  • Hi, would you please add the full screen mode which can hide the Android status bar in next update? That's would be really cool. Thx! 😄

  • Currently Android status bar is present in media player with ICS, anyway without that bar Opera browser looks weird even on small screens.

  • And the useless, annoying opera icon still remains when long pressing the home button. Nobody asked for this, yet there it is, agressively ,no option to turn it off

  • opera for android lack font size option and again doesn't support flash player unlike ucweb for andriod

  • And the useless, annoying opera icon still remains when long pressing the home button. Nobody asked for this, yet there it is, agressively ,no option to turn it off

    We are each entitled to our own opinions.

    For reference... https://forums.opera.com/topic/5831/how-to-remove-opera-icon-from-task-manager-menu

    (Ooh, an icon OMG, it must be biting you strongly uh?)

  • Drag down any loaded page will show up the top bar with site name which originate the current tab (at a given moment). 28b with tablet layout.

  • @bossplayer uc works with flash like but not by default.. need to install... but then more sites use html5 and i have tested sites that use html5 and flash player so html5 video were much more beter than old flash

  • opera for android lack font size option and again doesn't support flash player unlike ucweb for andriod

    How Opera can support Flash player? There is no Flash player for Android?

  • WebGl would be disabled by default for texture compression?

  • opera for android lack font size option and again doesn't support flash player unlike ucweb for andriod

    How Opera can support Flash player? There is no Flash player for Android?

    I guess that could be done via root access.

  • Flash is dead, get over it folks...

    It slows down browsing. It receives no more security updates. It can't be installed in latest versions of Android without hacking. Etc...

  • @sagrid, texture compression is only used by the compositor so it doesn't affect anything you can read back from webgl, only the actual displayed end result you see on screen. So, no texture compression is on regardless of you using webgl or not.

  • OK then. On ip-check.info webgl is detected with Nexus 7 but not with a chinese tablet and that's why I ask.

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