The browser war doesn't exist as such: Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the two undeniable leaders of this sector with versions for the main platforms (Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux) and with the highest market shares. The rest of the browsers have to put up with collecting the leftovers, although Microsoft also has a generous portion thanks to Internet Explorer and Edge.
The other two browsers included within the big 5 are Apple's Safari (that basically feeds on iPhone, iPad, and Mac users) and Opera. In the case of this Norwegian browser, it was released a long time ago, back 1995, and since then it has gradually adapted to the different changes undergone by the web.
The version for smartphones and tablets of one of the best browsers
After initially releasing a mini version, we can finally get hold of the full version on Android to make the most of all the functions and features that have turned it into an excellent tool used by millions of Internet users. Not for nothing, some of its options have been later copied by Google and Mozilla.
Considered as the best alternative to the greatest web browsers.
The browsing experience offered is much richer than simply visiting a web page. You've only got to take a look at its most important features and functions to realize:
- Smart news channel making use of different sources that allow you to visit different sections and subscribe to specific topics.
- Minimalistic design that simplifies the access to menus and options.
- Adblocker that involves loading web pages faster and consuming less data.
- Configurable data compression from the options menu to speed up the browsing experience.
- Customizable home screen with shortcuts to your favorite webs (Malavida, Wikipedia, BoredPanda... whichever one you want).
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Advantages and disadvantages: why should I go for Opera?
Among the pros of the version for mobile devices of the experienced browser, we can point out certain details that should be taken into account, especially by those that need to save money on their mobile consumption due to how scarce their data plan is. One of them is its speed as it manages to remove and compress unnecessary elements, blocking adverts for instance. In turn, when going back in the browser it doesn't force webs to reload since it saves a copy in the temporary cache memory.
Its native newsreader will prevent us from having to download similar apps or browse searching for hot news. Its notepad or how simple its tabs are to handle will jointly offer us an enhanced user experience compared to other alternatives.
With regard to its cons, they have to do with Chrome and Firefox's credit rather than this browser's discredit, although we do have to point out certain problems when accessing sites designed with Flash. At least that won't be going on for too long.
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What's new in the latest version
- Updated to Chromium 86.
- Easier access to the QR and barcode scanner.
- Improved download management.
- Enhanced password manager.
- Support for Android 11.
- Fixes bugs and improves stability.