Opera for Android 61 launches with media player and WebSnap

The integrated media player in Opera for Android 61

Opera has announced the availability of Opera for Android 61. The new update includes an integrated media player that removes the need for third-party media players as well as WebSnap, a tool that lets you snap the current page and add doodles, text, and emojis before sending the picture to your contacts. The built-in QR code scanner has also been made easier to access.

The headline feature is this update is the integrated media player. According to Opera, it providers users with a “smooth media experience” and removes the need to open content in a third-party player. The new media player includes Play Queue support so you can watch or listen to your media in a particular order while continuing to browse. It also supports picture-in-picture mode you can watch and browse at the same time.

Another new addition is WebSnap which functions like the snapshot tool on the desktop version of Opera. WebSnap lets you screenshot the current page and add doodles, text, and emojis before you forward the image onto friends. The WebSnap feature can be accessed in the three-dot menu in the top right.

The final change in Opera for Android 61 is that the QR scanner is now easier to open. Opera said that QR codes are becoming more and more common in markets around the world so it wanted to make the QR scanner more prominent and easier to access. You can open the QR scanner directly in the search box on the start page as well as on web pages. If you long-press the Opera home screen icon, you can drag the QR scanner onto the home screen making your native QR scanning app redundant.

The firm said that this version also includes over 300 fixes which will ensure you receive the best possible browsing experience. If you already have Opera for Android installed, you should get the update automatically via the Google Play Store. If you don’t have the browser yet and want to try it, you can find it here.

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