Opera Software started to roll out an update for its stable Opera browser for Android that ships with a redesigned user interface among other things.
According to Opera Software, the new look is "fresh, modern, and inspired by Android's material design".
The new version is not a complete redesign of the mobile browser though. When you start it you get the familiar look and feel of Opera on Android.
You may notice however some changes. There is the new bottom bar for instance that sports forward, back and reload buttons, the home button, the tab switcher, and a new user page.
Another change that you may notice right away is that Speed Dial is now on the left next to Feed which is on the right.
The feed lists stories that you may be interested in. One new feature there is the ability to use reader mode when reading feeds.
You can enable this for individual articles, or set it to always enabled in the settings. If you want to do the latter, tap on the three dots, select the settings icon, and set "set reader mode as default" to enabled on the page that opens.
The bottom bar is permanently visible, and there is no option currently to hide it. It features a new personal corner icon on the right side which leads to bookmarks, offline pages, the browsing history and downloads.
You may also sign in from there to have data synced across devices (speed dial, bookmarks, tabs and typed history).
The main menu has changed as well. When you tap on it, you find options to add the page to speed dial, the bookmarks or offline pages, use find on page functionality, or share the actual page.
There is also the data savings option that you may enable. If you do, you are taken to a configuration page to configure features such as ad blocking, video compression, or the desired image and multimedia quality.
The new version of Opera for Android still rolls out to all users. This means that you may have to wait days or even longer before you get the update. If you want to play around with it right now, check out Opera Beta for Android instead.
The biggest change in the new Opera for Android version is the bottom bar. One issue that users may have with it is that it takes away screen space all the time since it cannot be disabled permanently.
The only option that you have is to enable full screen mode in the Opera settings. This hides the top and bottom toolbar when you start to scroll on pages.
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