Opera’s webkit-based Android browser exits beta, download now from Play Store

Opera’s first webkit based browser for Android has come out of Beta and launched on Google Play Store for free. The update with version number 14 adds a lot of minor changes to the already available feature-set of the Beta version. The company ditched its Presto framework and adopted the universal Webkit engine along with Chromium when it launched the Beta version in March. The company added that moving to Webkit engine will allow its engineers to focus on product development as compared to technical development.

Opera Webkit browser

The stable version 14 brings a lot of minor features and the complete ChangeLog is given below:

  • Toggle navigation bar from top to bottom
  • Wrap text when you zoom
  • View active tabs in full screen
  • Search and navigate with a responsive address bar

Key features also include an Off-Road mode that can be toggled on to use its data compression techniques to load webpages via its servers thus improving performance when network coverage is poor or to lower data data costs when roaming or on limited data packs. A content discovery feed can be accessed by swiping right to the home screen and it allows Opera to encourage users to spend more time inside browsers, a trend that has been in decline ever since dedicated apps have come up.

Opera said in its blog post:

Carrying the version number 14, the updated Opera for Android is built on top of Chromium 26, with a total overhaul of the UI in native code, making it fit well with the latest Android design guidelines.

The Opera 14 is only ready for Smartphones as of now and the company is still working on tablet-specific UI optimizations and will release the tablet version later on. A light colored user interface along with gesture controls completes the update features for this update. You can download the Opera web browser from Google Play Store. It has got 4.5 stars out of 5 on Play Store with close to 350,000 ratings. Follow us on Google+, Twitter and Facebook to get news updates related to phones, gadgets and tablets.