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Opera upgrades mobile browsing for Android

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Opera upgrades mobile browsing for Android
Opera upgrades mobile browsing for Android

The Opera browser for Android smartphones and tablets is the first major browser that allows you to choose whether or not you want to see and respond to cookie alert dialogues that pop up while you’re browsing online, without compromising your privacy and security.

Upgrading your web experience today by downloading the latest Opera for Android browser today means that your mobile device will now have a built-in cookie dialogue blocker which, when you enable it, removes the cookie alert dialogues that may appear when browsing a website.

While cookie alerts are there to give us increased control of our online privacy, continually seeing complex dialogue boxes about privacy practices and policies interferes with our browsing experience.

Installing Opera for Android with its cookie dialogue blocker means that your mobile browsing experience will become cleaner and neater, allowing you to focus on the content you’re interested in – while still being confident of your online safety and privacy.

The cookie dialogue blocker can be switched on in browser settings. To configure the feature, go to Settings, tap on “Ad blocking”, and you will find the switch to toggle it on.

When enabled by the user, the cookie alert blocker will hide dialogues but will not block websites from setting any cookies. To control cookie behaviour, the Opera browser has a dedicated setting that allows users to choose between accepting all or none cookies, or blocking third-party cookies.

Opera for Android now also has home screen shortcuts. Users with an Android 7.1 version or later can now do a long tap on the O logo on the phone’s home screen and navigate through the new home screen shortcuts. These shortcuts allow you to start a new search, scan a QR code or open a new private tab. In addition, you can now long tap on the + new tab button, and open a shortcut to a website on your device’s home screen.

The browser has added even further levels of personal control by adding a text size setting, accessed from its main settings menu, which allows you to adjust the text size on websites you’re browsing according to your preferences. This improves your reading experience, and is great news for visually challenged users.

Geeking out?

If you’re into understanding the tech behind the cookie dialogue blocker, here’s how it works… The cookie dialogue blocker in Opera will attempt to block dialogue attempts using a combination of CSS rules and JavaScript heuristics. The feature has been tested on 15,000 websites, and support for more websites is expected to be added as the feature is in continuous development. Opera users can also help the browser’s dev team prioritize which websites to fix first by reporting irritating cookie dialogues using the built-in tool in the beta version of the Opera browser.

Available for download

Opera is available for download on Google Play Store. The cookie dialogues blocking feature is today exclusively available in the Opera browser for Android, but is planned to be included in other Opera products soon.

Edited by Fundisiwe Maseko
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