Opera serves the same role on Android that it fulfills on desktops, being that quirky browser that one or two people you know checked out a while back. There's that one guy who swears it's better than anything else out there.

For that guy, a new update is making its way around Google Play. This release introduces a new tab browser that arranges tabs into horizontal windows. Two rows move simultaneously, with the lower row letting you swap between pages in a hurry. And as we mentioned when covering the beta, switching to private browsing creates a separate space with a dark background.

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Left: New tab switcher, Right: Web app installer

Another addition is a banner that prompts you to install web apps you visit regularly. These sites can feel like native software if launched the same way, so installation consists of dropping a shortcut on your homescreen.

On the backend, Opera is now powered by the latest version of Chromium, version 49.

What's New:

  • New tab switcher
  • Progressive web app install banner
  • Upgrade to Chromium 49.

More interesting, perhaps, is the experimental Physical Web support that comes as part of Chromium 49. You can activate it by going to opera:flags. Check out the video below to see a phone running Opera 36 control a miniature version of BB8.

Opera Browser: Fast & Private
Opera Browser: Fast & Private
Developer: Opera
Price: Free