After being in beta stage for a while, Opera software has announced on its official blog the introduction of Opera 14 for Android devices. Opera is one of the most preferred Mobile browsers in the world and the latest version of the app with it's completely redesigned UI and new features is available for download at Google Play Store.
According to Opera blog post, the new release is compatible with phones running Android 2.3 or higher. Tablets are not compatible yet but will be once Opera finalizes tablet-specific interface optimizations.
Opera 14 - What's New?
The new Opera 14 for Android handsets will support plethora of new features including WebGL 3D context, CSS3 @supports and input type="color". Other simplified features would include:
Thumbnail view of tabs
Tabs can be added to favorites in the address field
Now you can add folders to speed dial (Simply drag and drop to create a new folder)
Get the latest in news and other content with the Discover feature.
Off-Road mode for fast browsing ( via compressed web pages
Download manager now allows you to start, pause, resume and rename files.
Navigation bar can be set either on top or at the bottom of the screen ( Settings).
Lookwise, the blogpost has mentioned that "the red O button has moved to the top right of the screen, just like in other Android applications, and it toggles a menu with advanced options, such as Sharing, Find in Page, Downloads, Settings, and more."
Opera for Android was first announced in MWC 2013. The company announced that they would dumping Presto for the open-source WebKit, which is also used in Chrome and Safari. The browser does have quite a resemblance to the Chrome one.
There is no information from the company's side on when the browser would be made available for iOS, hopefully it shouldn't be too long. For now what is confirmed is, the app is to be made available for Android tablet soon. The browser has been receiving some good reviews from users, it has an average rating 4.6, which is great.