We’ve all grown accustomed to Google’s Chrome browser here at DL, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any decent competitors out there. One of the more major options is Opera, a fairly underdog browser with a pretty hardcore following. Today, we have an update to the app that brings it up to version 20 and features WebRTC support, a base Chromium update to version 33, and design improvements.
The main push of the update is WebRTC, which brings the mobile browser one step closer to desktop class implementations. This allows users to start video chats with other people using WebRTC compatible browsers (appear.in is the recommended service for those of you who want to try the feature out). This is actually pretty great news — you can now use your camera and microphone right in your web browser to chat in real time with other users. Good on you, Opera.
There are also a couple enhancements to the overall design, including customizability in the navigation bars, but there’s nothing too major.
- A fresh look for the Speed Dial reflects a flat design.
- Users of Opera for Android can now choose how to set up the browser navigation bars to suit their mobile phone or tablet.
- The Chromium core got a kick up to version 33, and multiple bugs in text-wrap and text selection are squashed.
- Improvements to search sees the combined search and address bar upgraded, allowing easier search by maintaining the words you search for in the bar.
Opera 20 is available now on Google Play for free — all you Chrome users should try it out and give us your thoughts.