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Opera for Android 50 comes with publisher-friendly ad blocking and picture-in-picture mode

Opera for Android 50 sports PiP mode and publisher-friendly ad blocking (Source: Opera Blogs)
Opera for Android 50 sports PiP mode (Source: Opera Blogs)
The version labeled 50 of the Opera browser for Android comes with an improved ad blocker that features a site-specific setting, picture-in-picture support for videos on Android Oreo (and later), support for dark CSS themes, as well as support for the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian languages.

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Opera for Android has just been updated and its version labeled 50 comes with quite a few solid improvements, the most important one being allegedly the first publisher-friendly ad blocker in a mobile web browser.

According to Opera's Alejandro Viquez, these are the highlights of Opera for Android 50 — in addition to the aforementioned ad blocker that now includes a site-specific setting that has been introduced by Opera for desktop back in 2016, of course:

  • Picture-in-picture mode for videos on devices running at least Android Oreo.
  • The scroll handle replaces the quick jump tool used by previous versions.
  • Support for dark CSS themes.
  • An easier way to open PDF files and other documents.
  • New languages: Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian.

Opera for Android is one of the most popular web browsers available for the users of Google's mobile operating system — at least according to Google Play. The app store's statistics reveal that this piece of code has been downloaded more than 100 million times so far — obviously without taking into account its siblings Opera Mini (>100 million downloads) and Opera Touch (>1 million).

After 2,677,028 user reviews, Opera for Android has a Google Play rating of 4.4/5. Have you ever used this mobile web browser? Do you think its rating should go up or down? As usual, feel free to drop a comment below.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-02-20 (Update: 2019-02-20)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.