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New Opera version for Android has redesigned UI, supports crypto-payments

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Some of the options available in the new version of Opera for Android. Some of the options available in the new version of Opera for Android. Supplied

The people behind the Opera browser have released a new version for Android which includes a new user interface that focuses on cutting down on unnecessary distractions.

A statement from the Oslo-based Opera said the new version was redesigned for maximum semantic change with transition animations shortened.

“Opera was among the first apps to introduce a dark mode, way before iOS and Android, and now we are preparing our browser for 2020,” said Stefan Stjernelund, product manager of Opera for Android.

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Cryptocurrency payments can be made without the need for any extensions. Supplied

“Our new UI philosophy is focused on emotions, on how people feel when using the product. They don’t have time and need to get to what they want as quickly as possible. We are addressing this need with our new design."

Existing features like the free unlimited VPN, built-in ad blocker and Crypto Wallet will follow the same line of thinking – users should be able to access them as fast as possible.

Simultaneously, the browser will offer options to allow users adjust settings to their tastes and make browsing even more visually pleasing.

"In the reworked Appearance section, Opera has added multiple colour options, allowing the users to adjust the browser to their tastes and emotions: they can now choose whether they would like the UI elements highlighted in blue, red, gray, green or purple.

"The colour themes can match the Android system’s dark or light mode, or be set up independently. This means Opera gives users five colour options, all of which can appear in light or dark mode," the company said.

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Some of the colour choices available in the new version. Supplied

Stjernelund added: “We want the Opera browser to set a new standard... by providing the unique features we believe a modern browser should have. With this version we are beginning a series of design changes that we are looking forward to introducing to our fans in the near future."

The browser will continue to have a news service which can be configured according to user tastes.

From now on, the Crypto Wallet will support Bitcoin payments and transactions without any extensions.

"This means anyone can now not only send Bitcoin and Ethereum to another person, but can also use it while interacting with websites to pay for goods or services," the company said. "The browser now also works with TRX and the quickly growing ecosystem of TRON DApps which can now be accessed in Opera."

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