A new update to the Opera mobile beta web browser is out, and this one is somewhat of a doozy. The new goodies are coming to the beta version, so make sure your kittens are some place safe before you fire it up.

The update brings in a new full screen mode, the ability to put the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, fraud protection, and battery life improvements. An exit button has been added that can be activated by long-pressing the back button. All of this is coated with the usual assortment of bug fixes and minor improvements.

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Opera is well-known around these parts. The company first shipped a web browser for Android long before Google developed a mobile version of Chrome. Even after Chrome's release, Opera maintains a following through its unique set of features. The company prides itself on saving you bandwidth, so give their browser a try if your data connection isn't quite up to snuff.

What's in this version:

- added ability to put navigation bar at the bottom of the screen
- full screen mode
- added exit button (long press back)
- battery life improvements
- added fraud protection
- fixed issues with scrolling on speed dial page
- changes in font rendering method in off-road mode
- fixed issues with context menu
- fixed minor issues in legacy bookmark and saved pages
- removed possibility of crash loop in saved session
- translation improvements
- various stabilization fixes

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Christopher Robert

    Where is the post about how Chrome Beta is compressing mobile data so that users will use 50 percent less data off of their mobile plans

  • http://twitter.com/bertelking Bertel King, Jr.

    Doesn't look like it. Opera:config still returns an error, and I don't see user javascript under opera:about anywhere.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    The exit button and the options aren't new, they're in the final release. They're just updating the beta with them.

    What do you mean by full screen mode? Edit: found it, but only in landscape.

  • Sk

    Oh my god! Love the bottom navigation bar! So convenient for big screen phones. Even my Nexus 4 is uncomfortably big for me.

    • TornZero

      I loved the old tab management style, too. Hopefully they'll bring that back as an option like they did the bottom navigation bar.

  • Josh

    The Opera stable on my device has full screen.

  • Satish Odedra

    The same changes have been updated in stable Opera Browser as well.

  • qba

    Bottom navigation bar is already present in normal (not beta) version.

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    still not better than old opera mobile.

  • Opera Fan Past Tense

    this beta is almost the same as the new "stable" version. I'm guessing they updated Opera Mobile channel by mistake, and it's now gathering one star ratings... I've been using Opera Mobile this whole time because they provided build-in user script support, unique feature for mobiles. Now that it's gone, and this new chrome-overlay lags so much I see no reason not to move to Chrome (at least I'll have sync with desktop bookmarks, I hope they'll bring extensions support soon). So long Opera!