Opera Software has released the latest version of its free browser for the Android platform, which is optimised for tablet devices.
Opera 18 for Android is available to download now from Opera's site or the Google Play store. Every detail of the user interface has been planned specifically for use on a tablet, rather than simply scaling up the smartphone interface or shrinking a desktop browser down, Opera said.
Johan Schön, senior vice president of Mobile Consumer Browsers at Opera, said the most often-used functions have been conveniently located to be close to where a user's fingers naturally rest when using a tablet.
"The size of devices and mindset of users make the tablet very different from its smaller cousin, the smartphone, and we have to respect that. In Opera 18 for Android, we have spent hours and hours tweaking and fiddling with the placement of even the most minute detail, just to get that top tablet feel," he explained.
Opera 18 for Android also benefits from other features found in the firm's mobile browsers, including Off-Road mode, which uses data compression to improve browsing performance in situations where bandwidth may be restricted, such as when accessing a public WiFi hotspot.
It also has Opera's Speed Dial feature, which offers a grid of icons for single-click access to the most commonly used websites, plus Discover, a one-stop shop for news, sports and other updates.
Opera 18 for Android requires version 3.0 or above of Google's Android platform, and the download size varies depending on which device you are using.
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