The Opera Browser has been chugging along for years with a small but dedicated fan base. That has certainly extended to mobile. In fact, that's probably Opera's biggest market now. This browser switched to using Chromium a while back, and today it's getting a big update. Not only does it get a new build of Chromium, the tablet layout is getting a redesign.

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Here's the changelog straight from Opera:

  • based on chromium 31
  • new UI for tablet devices
  • improvements in search engine list
  • new remote debugging feature (requires new permissions)
  • fixed issue with fullscreen video playback
  • fixed issue with HW back button on Discover
  • fixed issue with viewport size in new tab
  • fixed issue with keyboard staying on screen
  • fixed issue with page reload when leaving text input in off-road pages
  • various stabilization and performance improvements

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The new version of Chromium should bring some rendering improvements, as well as a little speed bump. The new Tablet UI will probably be a more noticeable change, though. It makes tabs and navigation controls easier to access, and is more spaced out in general. All those bug fixes can't hurt either. Opera is free, so check it out.