The Norwegian browser team over at Opera Software just finished putting the final touches on Opera 12, which sheds its beta digs and is now available to download as a stable release. Opera 12 features "sexier security" with an overhauled badge that makes it easier to see what websites are up to, such as trying to use your location information or flip on your webcam.
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.
Growing tired of Android's stock browser? With so many alternatives to choose from, there's no reason to be weary with your vehicle of choice for surfing the Web. One of those alternatives is Opera Software's newly released Opera Mini 7 browser, now available as a final, stable build for the Android platform. Opera Mini 7 boasts unlimited Speed Dials, faster performance, and "significant improvements" to language support, including support for Farsi and Arabic, in case either of those are of interest.
In some ways, Opera is the Rodney Dangerfield of browsers. Both have their rabid followers, and both struggle to gain respect from the mainstream audience. That's where the similarities end, and where Opera really distinguishes itself is in being relevant still today (apologies for the gut punch, Dangerfield fans). Opera Software's next big browser release -- Opera 12 -- is now available as an alpha build, and with it another major development.
Chrome has brought plenty of amazing new innovations to the table since its introduction less than three years ago, but one feature of Google’s flagship browser caught all the established players off guard, their ability to iterate at an unbelievable pace. Some simply accuse them of being too liberal with version numbers, but either way you look at it in less than 30 months Google has gone from a beta release, all the way to version 12, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.