A tour of the WebKit-based Opera for Android (pictures)
Opera Software has revamped its mobile browser for Android using the open-source WebKit engine. Here's a look at an early release with a new Off-road Mode and Discovery feature.
WebKit-based Opera for Android
Off-road Mode puts Opera into proxy-browser mode similar to what Opera Mini uses, which means Opera's servers do the hard work of reading Web pages. They then send a boiled-down version to the browser so that slow networks aren't such a problem. Opera plans to integrate the Skyfire video-compression technology into the technology.
You can set up Discovery's data sources by selecting or deselecting various categories and by specifying a particular region. In the future, the feature will factor in gender, too. The content feeds themselves are picked by Opera.
The new Opera for Android will get a revamped Speed Dial page to launch frequently used pages. Multiple entries can be collected into folders, letting Opera absorb the formerly separate bookmark ability.
Tapping the three vertically stacked dots to the upper right of the tab-switching page reveals menu options for closing all your tabs or opening a private tab. Private tabs don't leave traces in cookie files or browsing history.