Opera 12 Beta Browser is Smarter, Faster, and Theme Friendly

Paul Lilly

Optionally, the latest version of Opera Software's online browser, Opera 12 (just released in beta form) is Opera like you've never seen it before. That's because Opera 12, or "Wahoo" if going by its codename, supports themes in case you want to change what's already a redesigned interface. From Cookie Monster to a cat wearing sunglasses, there are a bunch of themes to choose from, or you can create your own .

Underneath the hood, Opera Software took a page from Chrome and gave plug-ins their own process. That means if a plug-in hangs or crashes, it won't bring down the entire browser. Opera 12 is also "smarter" and faster with optimized network SSL code and improved tab loading to accelerate start-up and shut-down times.

Perhaps one of the more interesting changes is built-in support for getUserMedia, an API that lets Web apps tap into your webcam and other hardware.

"Woo-hoo! After months of hard work, we’re nearing the finish line on Opera 12," said Haakon Wium Lie , CTO, Opera Software. "There are so many new things to try. The paged media project has the potential to change the way browsers handle content, and camera support shows just how web applications can compete with native apps. With so many new features, especially for developers, Opera 12 is a platform to build upon. We’re excited to share it with the world and see what people can create."

Go here if you want to give the beta browser a test run.

Image Credit: Opera Software

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