Opera overhauls Android browser with new fraud detection system

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Opera Software released version 12.1 of its Opera Mobile browser for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, integrating new security features as well as support for additional Web standards.

Designed for four different chipsets—ARM v5 and v7, MIPS and X86—the free Opera Mobile for Android 12.1 is distinguished by a new fraud detection system that alerts users when a site is identified as suspicious or used for illicit activity. Users are recommended to steer clear of rogue sites, although the decision is ultimately theirs to make.

Opera Mobile for Android 12.1 also touts desktop capabilities like SPDY, an HTTP protocol designed to improve communication with Web servers, as well as Websockets, which boosts two-way communications between the mobile device and Web server to enhance rich content. The revamp also brings new support for CSS animations and Flexbox, allowing developers new creative latitude in designing and laying out webpages, as well as the addition of HTML5 Drag and Drop and the HTML5 Clipboard API.

More than 200 million users worldwide access the Web via Opera's mobile browsers. In addition to Opera Mobile, the firm offers the streamlined Opera Mini, which compresses up to 90 percent of data to improve speed and reduce costs.

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