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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.

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.