Google may be leading the mobile browser wars, but if, for some reason, you don’t like Google Chrome, there are other decent alternatives available. Opera is one of the most decent alternatives available for Android devices, and is a pretty old one too. Recently, the folks at Opera updated their browser for Android, and introduced some decent features, including webRTC support, HTML5 Vibration API, improved search feature and more.
For those of you who are unaware of what webRTC is, it allows users to perform video calls directly in the browser without the need of any third party application or plugins. So, this means you don’t have to launch Skype or any other IM client, WebRTC-enabled websites will now work flawlessly in Opera for Android, including appear.in.
“The web is the ultimate meeting place for all forms of communication, so why not build video communication capabilities right into the mobile browser? We have worked with the folks at appear.in before, and their site is a very neat example of how to combine cutting-edge web technologies into a useful service that is free and simple to use, yet powerful,” says Peter Wallman, SVP of Mobile Products at Opera Software.
All you need to do is visit a WebRTC compatible website, and share the video conference link with anyone you want to communicate. And, up to eight people can start a video conference using their Android device or computer.
Apart from WebRTC support, the latest update also brings several other enhancements, including a refreshed look for the Speed Dial, several improvements to the search feature of the browser, improved download manager and a new UI layout that lets you customize navigation bars for tablet or phone.
Head over to the Google Play Store and download the updated Opera app for Android. If you tried the app, share with us your thoughts about the app.