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Opera spent a lot of time and money getting their act together with the spiffy new Webkit version of Opera Mobile. But their users are a hard-to-please bunch, and apparently some weren't completely sold on the new design. So the older version of Opera Mobile is back in the Play Store, sporting the title "Opera Mobile Classic," for one last tour of the browser circuit. It's free, as always, and comes with the original's comparatively wide featureset. It appears to be compatible with devices running Gingerbread and up, and possibly more.

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The newer version of Opera is faster and objectively better in just about every respect, but old users might be missing the original syncing via Opera Link, Speed Dial, text rendering, and a more (ahem) familiar user interface. Whatever your reason, be sure not to confuse it with Opera Mini, which is specifically designed for low-end devices that can't handle the more memory and processor-intensive Opera Mobile(s). Want to go the other way and be even more forward-looking? Then there's the beta version which grants access to bleeding-edge features before they hit main build.

If you find that one Opera or the other is better at rendering any particular page, there's nothing stopping you from installing more than one aside from a cluttered app drawer.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • https://twitter.com/#!/psychomaniac189 psychomaniac189

    I haven't used this since gingerbread

  • Kedden

    Opera Mini is made of pure love. Best mobile brower ever.

  • namaste

    Thank god. The new version is just a Chrome clone with truly atrocious text rendering and data saving mode as compared to this one. Opera classic for life.

    • jayjam

      Chrome clone? Since when did Chrome become synonymous with simple user interfaces?

  • ricky

    3 browsers !

    They should make up their mind, and stop confusing users. This way, I see no chance for them to beat dolphin or even chrome

    • Darkbotic

      Not 3, but 4 browsers:

      1) Opera browser
      2) Opera mini web browser
      3) Opera Mobile classic
      4) Opera browser beta

    • Spittie

      Not at all. They currently only focus on one, the new Opera Browser based on Chrome. And they have a beta release, exactly like Chrome, to push features until they're considered stable.
      That's were most of their effort goes.

      Then they have Opera Mobile Classic, which is EOL, but still on the play store since some people preferred it to the new Opera (I admit I am one, since I've used Opera only for it's support to userjs on a few sites, otherwise I prefer Firefox).
      And then they have Opera Mini, which isn't really getting a lot of updates now and it's marketed toward a very different market, the low end phones.

    • jayjam

      Why should they make up their minds?

      Most people will download the regular browser. Advanced users that are obsessing over the old version can get the classic version. Advanced users that want to live on the bleeding edge can use the beta thing. People with crappy phones can use Mini.

      But for just about everyone, the regular browser is all they need.

      BTW, Opera is already beating Dolphin.

  • woj_tek

    "The newer version of Opera is faster and ***objectively better*** in just about every respect, but old users might be missing the original syncing via Opera Link, Speed Dial, text rendering, and a more (ahem) familiar user interface. "

    are you stoned or have problems with cognitive functions? "oh, it's `objectively` better but it miss all the functions that Opera had but right now it's basically chrome thus it's better, despite the fact that it's sloooow and useless"... yay...

    already remove this crap Chromera and went back to the classic... It sill baffles me - why ditch almost perfect browser and release basically a chrome clone (nearly 1:1) which lacks any useful features...

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Facts are objective. Opinions are subjective. For example, the new version of Opera is faster, more stable, and works with more standard web technologies than the old one. As a piece of software designed to browse the web, it is objectively better. The statement I made in the introductory paragraph, "their users are a hard-to-please bunch," is subjective. It's an opinion. But thanks for proving it right anyway.

      • woj_tek

        works with chrome-web-technologies != works with web-standards, which chrome tend to bend (retarded -webkit- anyone?). In fact presto engine was one of the most *standards* compliant engines...

        You cannot state that it's faster,more stable because you don't have at your disposal all and every device thus your claim can be at best highly subjective (an android geek with state-of-the-art device claim that something is faster, lol); let's throw in way lower compatibility list in comparison to older version which implicates that newer version can only be faster in some cases (i.e. newest devices).

        As for introductory phase - no, it's not subjective, it's offensive...

        • Jack

          I agree the opening is offensive, perhaps they should of got someone who actually uses Opera to write this article. The fact the author thinks he knows better than thousands of daily users of the product shows exactly what sort of person wrote this article.

      • a_n_d_r_e_w

        Facts are objective, but these are not facts. These are mktg bullshit. I can name a lot of webpages that look like exactly the same on the old opera mobile and on desktop browsers (chrome included) while on mobile webkit based browser they are total mess (new opera and chrome included). I can't even say it is more stable, the old one is stable as hell, and I have problems with the new one. And so on...

      • abobobilly

        - Now "Classic" opera can render multiple tabs "Simultaneously" without breaking a sweat.
        - Supports Flash Player
        - Is much more Memory Optimized
        - Perfect for even the Low End devices
        - Actually render pages Faster than the New version.

        I am sorry but I have been following the BETA version ever since it appeared in Play Store. NEVER pleased me the same way as the older.

        The fact that they "Replaced" the older browser was Preposterous in itself. They should've launched it separately since its NOTHING close to what the original opera is/was.

        The Newer version does provide many new things. RSS Feed in the Browser for example. But are these options actually make it "Better"?

        NOPE. Just trashes the name of a Legendary browser.

        • woj_tek

          funny thing - the usage count in the Play Store for the new monstrosity is rapidly declining while Classic version gaining A LOT.

          Guess piggy-back riding on the fame of the previous version will not go as planned ;-)

      • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

        The new Opera so far is not more stable. I can confirm this through actual usage. I've had the new Opera crash on me more times than Dolphin Browser, Chrome on my desktop, and Opera Classic crash combined!

    • jayjam

      Chrome clone? Are you drunk or something?

      • woj_tek

        well, ok... truth be told - Chrome has more features so to be more clear - it's like castrated Chrome :P

        • jayjam

          Actually, it's very different from Chrome.

          • woj_tek

            How exactly?

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

            Speed Dial, access to full history, setting for text wrap, setting for bar and tabs in the bottom, Discover, media downloader, set download location... You only find this in Opera, not Chrome.

          • Mani

            Total BS. The new opera is based on the same, WebKit, as Chrome. It is at most, a slightly skinned version of the chrome browser. But the chrome browser is still way better for its simplicity. Get your facts straight dude!

          • jayjarn

            Opera is BASED on Webkit, but the user interface was made from scratch. A totally new UI is not just a skin.

  • Jordan

    Thank goodness. I love being able to save my files where I want

    • EdenHold

      like Douglas answered I am blown away that a person can get paid $7719 in 4 weeks on the network.

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  • MerdescuRazvan

    Html5 test got me 411 for chrome. So... um... hm... yeah... I'll stick to chrome.

    • HellG

      Wait what....I have a note 2 and i get 410 with chrome T__T

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

      I got 448 AND 11 BONUS POINTS in Opera 14 for Android. U mad?

      EVO 3D.

  • Jack

    Who ever wrote this article clearly hasnt used the new Opera. Its slow, cumbersome, unituative and buggy as hell. The dev has literally hundreds of 1 star reviews since the update and for good reason, what was the best browser is now just a one of the rest of poor, blocky and slow to navigate browsers on Android. Thank goodness they rereleased this. The new opera is a big mistake no matter what AP claim.

    • jayjam

      What are you talking about? The new version works way better than the old one. The only problem is that it's missing a couple of features, but that's it.

  • primalxconvoy

    I use Opera mini on my galaxy note 2 just to view Facebook. That way the mobile interface is simpler and has more features than the standard smartphone mobile site.

    I've even changed the icon and renamed the icon to "Facebook".

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


  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    Old version is way better. With the new one some sites look odd.

  • Darren

    "The newer version of Opera is faster" Haha. No. It's not even close. Try it on an ARMv6 device and the older version blows this new version out of the water. The older one will render web pages faster, animations are smoother, there's no lag and it's UI is much more intuitive as you can easily enable options such as an exit button. Plus with this webkit version you lose access to opera:config which allowed you to tweak many things about the browser. It even allowed you to set up greasemonkey style user scripts, which Opera was the only browser to support on Android.