I agree with OP. Opera now is total crap.
They went from an awesome browser that i've been using for many years through all the bugs and fixes and keep using it till this day. My bookmarks have been culled many times. I think it was about Opera 3 when I started using it? It was a long time ago. I did give the first version a try but didn't like it then so after a few more years or whatever tried it again and been using it ever since.
Now, I've seen what they did to the iPad versions. Killed off Opera and started Coast. Thats total crap. Its nothing, its actually less than nothing. Why go from a working good browser that links with its PC big brother to a thing that you call a browser but it missing everything its little sister has.
Now they also make the same move to the PC versions. WRONG MOVE if you want customers.
I did a backup like I do before things like this and I installed todays version of Opera. HOW CRAP! Its missing so many features I thought would be standard and with all the customizations of Opera the new version has none of them. It doesn't even have bookmarks! Its the lamest version ever. Its not as bad as Coast but its close.
There is no way I will ever update Opera again. I am now forced to stay on 12.16 as thats the last of the best browsers.
So ending my rant YES they have sold out. I dont know what is in their small minds but its not customer satisfaction. I guess they see dollar signs and are going that way.
These days everything is about money. Everyone is getting greedy. We need to stop this and start being happy again. The Opera devs NEED to listen to its customers and if it wants to keep them then do what they want. If they want money then they will loose as they will ignore their customers and they will leave leaving a useless not used browser that nobody will buy leaving you with nothing, no money so what was all this stupid change for? NOTHING!