A significant upgrade has been madae to Opera for Android today, with the Norwegian company bringing a very nice web video protocol that will enable folks to video chat right in the browser with sites that support it. The standard is WebRTC, of course, the same one that Google Chrome and Firefox have already implemented in their mobile browsers.
WebRTC can quickly and easily access your device’s microphone and camera, so you won’t have to be kicked out to another app or load up clunky plugins to be able to video chat with your friends and family. Several popular sites, such as imo.im and Appear.in, have already started using the standard, with tons more sure to fall in line as the years tick on.
There’s more to Opera 20, though, with the company detailing the following changes:
- Speed Dial UI tweaked with flatter design
- Better customization of the Opera Bar to maximize screen real estate
- Chromium core updated to version 33
- Various text-wrap and text-selection bugs fixed
- Search terms put into the search and address bar will be remembered for future use
All of these changes should combine to make a much more enjoyable experience, though whether it’s enough to beat the likes of Google Chrome, Firefox or your trusty old stock browser is up to you. You’ll have to find out yourself by grabbing it from the Google Play Store.
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