Opera 20 For Android Released With WebRTC Support And Updated Chromium Engine


Opera might not be as popular among Android users as Chrome but the browser definitely gets many things right compared to the latter. Today, the Opera team has released a major v20 update to their browser with some major under the hood improvements and changes. The major highlight of this update is the support for webRTC that will allow Opera users to enjoy a video call right from their browser. Other changes include a bump of the Chromium engine to version 33, an updated look for Speed Dial, overall performance improvements and more.

Below is the full change-log of the update:

  • Updated Chromium to version 33
  • Various improvements to search feature
  • Added WebRTC support (requires new permissions)
  • Added support for HTML5 Vibration API (requires new permissions)
  • Ability to configure UI layout
  • Improved download manager
  • Various stability improvements

The update is already live on the Play Store and can be downloaded for free.

In my quick testing, the new update definitely felt snappier than Chrome while browsing the desktop version of The Verge. The scrolling lag that is usually seen in Chrome was completely missing with pinch-to-zoom being near instant as well.

Do drop in a comment and let us know what you think about this update to Opera or why you still prefer Chrome over it. We will soon be comparing the performance of Chrome, Opera and Firefox on Android against each other to find out which is the fastest of them, so stay tuned.