Opera Software's new and improved Android browser has gone gold.
The company announced the news on Tuesday, saying that its browser for Android, which was available as beta software in the Google Play marketplace, is now complete and officially launched. Getting it out of beta means that Opera is confident that most of the bugs are gone and the software is ready for wide use.
Although Google Chrome for Android requires version 4.0 of the operating system (aka Ice Cream Sandwich), Opera works on older or less powerful phones running version 2.3 (aka Gingerbread). Mozilla has taken the same approach with its Firefox for Android.
In addition, Opera for Android comes with an all-new interface designed to spotlight content that might pique user interest. Marketed as a feature called Discover, the software automatically searches and compiles articles on the Web based on the user's expressed interests. Moreover, when slower networks threaten to impede smooth Web surfing, an Off-Road feature compresses data to boost the browser's speed.
Opera's Android browser came out on time. Earlier this year,.
Opera's new browser is available for free in the Google Play marketplace.
Updated 3 p.m. PT to add that Opera works on older versions of Android and to clarify that Opera's browser is moving toward Blink, an offshoot of WebKit.