Oct 9, 2012
Opera has released version 12.1 of the Opera Mobile browser for Android. While they’ve been known for the data-saving Opera Mini, this is a full-fledged version of the Opera browser that renders pages on the device itself, though the remote-rendering “turbo” mode is available here. One of the big new features is under the hood, as the SPDY technology for faster page rendering is now supported by the browser. Websites including Twitter and Gmail use this SPDY protocol. Other new features include WebSockets support, and improved CSS and HTML5 compatibility for better user experience.
Note that this is not the version of Opera that will supports the -webkit CSS prefix. For those not in the know, this is a controversial decision as it is furthering the practice of browsers just essentially pronouncing themselves as a WebKit browser, with WebKit being the underlying technology behind Chrome and Safari browsers, for example. Opera doesn’t necessarily use WebKit, but has support for its prefix, which could bring up errors for sites that are optimized for Opera but may not have their WebKit optimizations work properly in Opera. Still, the browser may need this to stay competitive as a real alternative choice.