UI overhaul in Opera 37.1
Help us test the new Opera browser for Android!
Today, we’re starting to roll out an upgrade of Opera for Android to our beta channel. We’re doing this gradually, so it might take a little while before you see it on your device.
A brand new UI
The first thing you’ll notice is the UI overhaul. We’ve rebuilt the main browser interface completely, while the settings section has gotten a lick of paint as well.
News in the US and Indonesia
In the US and Indonesia, the start page looks a little different: Speed Dial is still there as a panel on the left, but in the center, there is a news feed powered by a totally overhauled Discover engine. It allows you to read the latest news right when you start the browser, and you can easily dive in and start exploring.
We expect this feature to be rolled out to more countries and languages in the near future as well, so stay tuned for more news.
Under the hood
This release is still based on Chromium 50, but we’re working in the near future on updating the engine as well: that’s why we’re calling this release version 37.1, in case you’re wondering.
We did find the time though to do a number of bug fixes to the “add to home screen” feature (progressive web apps):
- view mode media queries are now properly supported
- the notification area picks up the theme color from the manifest
- there’s a better fallback mechanism to deal with omissions in the manifest metadata
Additionally, intent:// URLs, which can be used to jump from webpages to native apps, are now supported as well. You can try this out by visiting Deezer.com and clicking on the blue button.
Let us know what you think about the release!