Over the last few weeks, Opera has been pulling all sorts of moves to get in the news and gain more attention. The company has revamped its popular Opera Mini mobile browser to include a free ad blocking feature. The desktop browser too now includes a free VPN which you won’t have to pay for.
Just last week again, Opera released a free VPN app for iOS that includes an ad-blocker that works across all browsers installed on the phone.
Now, Opera is making a claim that the latest version of its desktop browser can save your laptop battery by 50% through its unique power-saving feature.
In a post on its blog, Opera outlines the optimizations done in power saving mode as follows:
- Reduced activity in background tabs
- Automatically pausing unused plug-ins
- Reduced frame rate to 30 frames per second
- Tuning video-playback parameters and forcing usage of hardware accelerated video codecs
- Paused animations of browser themes
According to the blog post, Opera browser now beats Google Chrome in terms of extending your battery performance. A chart posted shows the feature extending time of use on battery by almost one hour in power saving mode.
With all these new features coming to the browser, it still has a long way to go to be a major competitor to Google Chrome. However, these recent moves by Opera will sure get them a handful of new users.