The fifth-ranked browser is on the to-do list for the livelier search technology. Also: the tech behind Google Instant and this week's Google Doodles.
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But they won't be for long, Google said Thursday. "We hope to support Opera shortly after launch," the company said in a statement.
Google Instant works on newer versions of the four most widely used browsers: Google's Chrome version 5 and later, Firefox version 3 and later, Safari for Mac version 5, and Internet Explorer 8, the company said. "We encourage people to upgrade to the latest version of their favorite browser," Google added, expressing a sentiment shared by innumerable Web developers.
In the meantime, Opera's Bruce Lawson offered quick advice on enabling Google Instant in Opera by telling the browser to masquerade as Firefox at Google. The advice and Google Instant worked for me on both Mac OS X and Windows 7, though the left edge of the search box was missing.
Opera users got a preview of coming disappointment with this week's dynamic Google Doodles--the rejiggered Google logos that appear on the company's home page. Opera users didn't see either Tuesday's doodle, in which Google's logo was rendered in colored circles that evaded the user's mouse, or Wednesday's, in which letters of Google's logo written in gray letters turned colored as a person typed in search terms. Again, faking out Google by using Firefox's identity enabled the special effects.
And the effects weren't even cutting-edge by some measures. Google is on a tear to develop and promote new-era Web technologies for elaborate, graphically rich applications, and has been promoting elaborate demonstrations accordingly. But the mouse-evading circles doodle used fairly conventional, pre-HTML5-era technologies, according to one discussion of the doodle on an HTML5 mailing list.