Two weeks ago, Opera has released an update of its most popular mobile browser called Opera Mini. Now the company has made a major update of its desktop browser. Today Opera 12 has been released for Macs and PCs with new customization options and smart features. In terms of monthly users, Opera desktop browser is the company’s second-biggest product and it has almost 60 million users. Over the last year, the number of Opera users has increased by 11 percent, alongside average revenue. Opera wants to bring a new browser concept through Opera 12. Its new browser camera support is one of them.
Opera 12 has some of new features such as browser camera support, security badges, right-to-left language support, hardware acceleration. Plug-in support and the introduction of skins or themes of the browser has been improved.
Browser camera support is one of the most notable features. The camera support is designed to hold users on the web and it can work like social sharing on Opera Mini. If users start using the browser camera support heavily then the developers would start developing apps for Opera with integrated hardware support.
A spokesperson from Opera said “We are big believers in the web as a platform. We want to show developers how the web can evolve into an even stronger application platform, developers want the web to be more competitive against what native apps can offer. This is a step in that direction.”
Opera 12 also has a few interesting little applications such as browser-based Asteroids-type game called FaceKat. To use it, you will need to install Opera 12 and enable the webcam on your computer.
Opera has added five new languages such as Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Hebrew and Kazakh which brings the total number to 60 for the browser.