Opera Mobile 12.1 Hits Android, Update Brings New Web Standards Support, More speed
Opera Mobile for Android phones just got updated to version 12.1, that brings a couple of improvements, but not visible ones. Instead something’s happening under the hood and it’s quite interesting. Opera Mobile 12.1 offers support all the way from Android 1.6 Donut to Jelly Bean, which is a cool feature.
Just like Opera 12.10 for desktop, Opera Mobile 12.1 offers support for the SPDY protocol, WebSockets and some new HTML APIs. The SPDY network standard promises more speed than the HTTP protocol. Examples of SPDY sites are Twitter and Gmail, for example. The new Opera Mobile also brings support for more unprefixed CSS rules, stuff like transforms, gradients, flexbox and more. This is the first release from Opera on mobile that supports some webkit prefixes on sites with poor coding that don’t use unprefixed versions of stable CSS properties.
Another improvement in this release is “fraud protection””, that protects you against malware. If a page has been flagged as malicious by Opera or the general community, a warning will be issued before loading the page. HTML5 Drag and Drop is also supported here. Opera Mobile is compatible with both ARM and x86 based chips and it’s up for download here.