Unlike choosing MacOS, Windows, or Chrome OS, where your choices are mutually exclusive, switching between browsers isn’t quite so jarring. You can download any one of the current major browsers in the time it takes you to finish reading this paragraph. But which is the fastest? Which is the safest and most private? Which is the lightest considering the current COVID-19 status of things as we see more and more people rely heavily on the web to work remotely, as well as to keep themselves informed, entertained and connected to the world?
We found solace in Opera’s latest version for Android and we’ve found some nifty useful features which makes it best browser right now.
Limit your data usage to browse smoothly
Opera for Android comes with a very useful data savings feature. The increased internet traffic can often result in network connections running under stressful conditions, which can result in slower connectivity as a result of the sheer volume of users.
Opera allows users to limit their network bandwidth use by switching on data-saving mode in their settings. This allows them to load pages more easily and quickly while using less data. To let users monitor their data savings, Opera has now placed a data savings badge on the left of the address bar, where everyone can see how much data has been saved as well as switch it off if the need arises. The badge appears once data-savings mode has been switched on in settings, and will stick around for as long as data savings are enabled, or until the next browsing session.
Block ads per site in two taps
To speed up browsing on congested networks, you can switch on the ad blocking function, which effectively speeds up page loading times. Opera’s ad blocker is publisher-friendly, allowing people to bypass it on their favourite websites and therefore support content creators.
An updates offline pages section
The Opera browser has introduced an improved offline pages experience, which allows users to save any website for offline reading. This means the offline pages section can become a collection of articles or websites users can engage with distraction-free in airplane mode. It’s also a feature which will become handy once air travel is possible again.
Android users now also have the option to customise the storage location for their offline pages. This means no more storage issues for those whose internal storage is full, but who have plenty of space on an external card. Having access to the physical file location also means that they can move offline pages freely between devices with simple file operations.
Quicker Speed Dial access
A long time ago, Opera pioneered the concept of Speed Dials, giving everyone faster access to their favourite pages. When studying user patterns, Opera developers noticed that users still gravitate towards using the address bar when they are not on the start page and often type more than they need to reach their frequently visited sites. With this version of its Android browser, Opera is introducing autocompletion for Speed Dials, meaning that once users start typing a word that matches the URL or title of their Speed Dial item, it will be autocompleted directly in the address bar, enabling them to simply tap go, without having to explicitly pick a suggestion from the drop-down list.
Opera has a unique look and feel, we recommend checking it out – and it combines some of the best features of Firefox and Chrome.
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