Opera for Android has officially reached version 50, and this new release comes with lots of improvements, including a refined ad blocker and a brand-new picture-in-picture mode.
First and foremost, the new Opera version now allows users to configure special ad-blocking rules per each website.
Previously, the application only came with general filters that were applied to every page you loaded, and this approach wasn’t the most convenient for users who wanted to whitelist specific websites.
“This feature was implemented in our Opera browser for computers back in 2016 and today we are bringing this experience to our mobile browser,” Opera explains.
“The site-specific ad blocker option is also a friendly solution for publishers to display their ads. It’s also an easy solution for users as they can switch the ad blocker on or off in two taps on the websites that they value the most.”
Hello, Picture in Picture
Additionally, the Android browser now boasts the Picture in Picture mode that’s also available in the desktop version of the application, so you can technically watch YouTube videos while doing something else on your phone. PiP requires Android 8 and newer.
There’s also support for dark CSS themes, as well as a faster opening of PDF files and documents. The Opera team says it has also focused on improving scroll support in the Android browser.
“The scroll handle also acts as the quick jump tool used in previous versions of Opera. Tap the handle when the arrow points up or down to go to the very beginning or end of a web page,” Opera says.
And last but not least, the application is available in a series of new languages, including Estonian, Lithuanian, and Latvian.