Opera for Android 20 brings WebRTC support, configurable layouts, and redesign

March 6, 2014
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Opera for Android is receiving a sizeable update today, bringing support for WebRTC-based video chatting, new UI layouts, a redesigned speed dial page, and a smarter download manager.

The new Opera for Android allows you to jump in video chat sessions straight from the browser, without having to switch to another app. This is possible thanks to the newly added support for the WebRTC standard, which enables browser to browser video and audio calling and file transfer without any plugins. You will be able to have in-browser video calls with up to seven users of Opera or other WebRTC-compliant browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox.

Opera for Android 20 brings a “fresh look for the Speed Dial that reflects a flat design”, and lets user choose from three distinct UI layouts – Classic (URL bar at the top, toolbar at the bottom), Phone (URL bar and tools combined at the top), and Tablet (like Phone, but also includes a tab bar).

Opera also made changes to the behavior of the URL/search bar and the download manager. The popular Off-Road mode, introduced in Opera 15, is present and accounted for – when connection is weak, turn on Off-Road to route traffic through Opera’s servers and receive a compressed, faster-downloading version of the sites you visit.

Opera for Android 20 is based on version 33 of the open-source Chromium project, released back in January. Starting with version 15, Opera uses Google’s Blink rendering engine, instead of WebKit. Google first announced the WebKit-based Blink project in April 2013.

Head over to the Play Store to install or update Opera for Android. What’s your favorite mobile browser and why?

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