Opera has announced the availability of Opera for Android 59. The new update comes with a handful of new features including a Payment Request API, improvements to site settings, and other smaller improvements which many won’t even notice but should provide for a more polished browsing experience.
The most notable addition to this upgrade is the Payment Request API. The firm said that as more shopping moves online, the need for standards such as the W3C-recognised Payment Request API will increase. This particular API will allow sites to access customer data such as addresses, contact information, and payment details which will save customers time and energy. Opera admitted that this API is not yet in widespread use but by including it in its browser, the foundation for its use is being laid.
Also in this update, Opera has taken the opportunity to improve dedicated app handling making it easier for users to decide whether they want to keep the website open in the browser or switch to an external app; this functionality will be helpful on sites like YouTube and Reddit. In order to access this setting, just press the green padlock in the omnibar where you’ll also find settings for controlling permissions and more.
It has been removed from the company’s announcement now, but the firm had also included some of the latest developments surrounding cryptocurrencies in its browser. It’s not clear why the information was pulled but it’s possible it wasn’t supposed to be announced today. This news included that those in the UK can buy crypto from inside Opera’s wallet thanks to a partnership with the Ramp Network and that the Dapp store has been launched in partnership with Dapp.com and features “the best & newest Dapps for Ethereum & Tron.”
You can head over the Google Play Store to install or update the app to try out these new features.