I very much preferred the Opera 29/30 builds speed dial as it was clean and unobtrusive. In Opera 30, the 'White Flags' where the titles of the speed dial icon were displayed were toggleable through this link: opera://flags/#experimental-start-page. Many people, including myself, (see:https://forums.opera.com/category/11/opera-for-windows) preferred the older speed dial and at the very least, would like an option to revert the speed dial to its former state.
I propose a series of check boxes/ drop down boxes in the settings menu/individual speed dial icon sub-menu, which would be: a) flag colour black/white/transparent. b)Thumbnail icon: Website name/screenshot/upload your own. c) when to autoupdate thumbnail icon: never(manual)/on startup/every X minutes/hours.
Secondly a must have setting-which I cannot currently find in opera 30/31- in ANY AND ALL browsers should be 'when to update: Automatically/ notify when an update is ready/ never'. This is an essential part to any browser and I am surprised that it isn't already implemented.
Opera is/was loved due to its customisability specifically of the speed dial.The Speed Dial is one of, if not THE main Unique selling point of Opera. Don't make Opera become another Chrome clone like so many browsers are becoming nowadays, stick to your roots and maintain that customisability.
I look forward to a response from the developers (if any/if they even see this) about this suggestion