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Opera Mobile 12.1 released for Android with support for new web standards, extra speed and some new tricks

There’s no shortage of third-party browser choices in Google Play, and the company is pushing hard for Chrome to be the de facto choice for most users purchasing new phones. And while we can’t blame The Goog for wanting its excellent Chrome software on as many phones as it can get, Opera Mobile has slowly been making headway with its latest app, and its latest version is not only fast and beautiful, but highly standards-compliant.

One the improvements to the app is what Opera is calling “fraud protection,” or a malware spider sense of sorts. Any page that has been flagged as malicious by Opera or the community will issue a warning before allowing you to load the page.

We also have new web standards, including Google’s SPDY, an improvement over the original HTTP protocol that has been adopted by many websites, including Twitter and Gmail. There’s also support for WebSockets, which speeds up direct communication between your browser and the web server.

Then there is support for new CSS and HTML5 features, including HTML5 Drag-and-Drop, which has been adopted by many cloud services on their mobile pages.

Opera Mobile is fully compatible with ARM and x86-based chips, and is available for download from Google Play.

Via: Opera

  • Adam

    Chrome will not be my browser of choice unless it supports Flash, which I know will not happen now. Dolphin and xScope are the browsers for me. Especially xScope with Flash built right in. Works like a dream in Jelly Bean without needing to root/modify the phone. Yes I know Flash is getting phased out slowly, but there are still many sites that use it so until it’s 100% dead then I need my mobile browser to support it.

  • Claudiu

    Best browser for both mobile and desktop.

  • Tom

    I cant get chrome becuase it seems so clunky to use bookmarks can someone please tell me if there is a way to get to them other than hitting the menu key and selecting it from the menu? The built in browser has the slide in gesture which I much prefer

  • nrj4life

    Sorry, Tom. Don’t think there’s a way. Can someone tell me if there’s a way to shut off swiping between tabs in Chrome? It’s very annoying.

    As for Opera, I’ve always been a fan of the desktop version, but had trouble settling into the last few iterations of the mobile version. I look forward to giving it another go.

  • Brett

    Dolphin is still the king in mobile browsing imo. I use opera for my laptop and have for years, but the mobile version falls short compared to dolphin.

  • OgtheDim

    Opera now but not forever……..who owns them again?

    • qu3becker

      Opera Browser belongs to Opera Software ASA and I disagree. Opera is a pioneer since their debut in 1997. Google is their source of revenue because Google is the default search engine of Opera. Last time I checked, Google’s revenue is still growing each year.

  • MattyMattMatt

    I really like opera mobile, but they always re-add their hit to my fv on updates and that pisses me off to no-end.

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