The Opera Mini web browser is one of the most loved alternatives to the almighty Chrome, and if you want to break free from the Google bubble it’s a pretty darn good solution. Constant updates have made the browser better over the last months, and yesterday’s update made Opera even more attractive. Here are the new features highlighted in the changelog:

  • Ad blocker
  • New page-loading animations
  • Stop button in the bottom navigation bar
  • Feature hints
  • New news feed layout
  • “Add to home screen” option in the address bar “+” menu
  • Installation and startup time improvements

Among all the new releases, the adblocker is the one feature that has everyone psyched – and for good reason, pop-up ads on mobile phones are not only more intrusive than the ones on computers, but they’re increasing in numbers as time passes. If a couple of years ago ads were just annoying enough to interfere with a mobile web page, nowadays intrusive, vibrating, malware-filled ads are popping up even for reputable sites that you wouldn’t expect.

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If you want to enable the adblocker in the new Opera Mini update, all you need to do is open the app, click on the “O” logo at the bottom right, go to Savings Mode and tick “Block ads”. This will give you a similar experience to the adblockers currently available on computers:

What’s curious is that Opera is also running an ad platform designed specifically for mobile devices. So it seems that, at least in this regard, Opera is acting both as the illness and the cure.

What mobile browser are you using – and more importantly, do you use one that blocks ads?

Source: istackr.com, opera.com

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