Norwegian software company Opera released version 16 of its browser, complete with “tons of bug fixes,” improved performance and a slew of new features and APIs.
Ruarí Ødegaard, a member of Opera’s desktop team, said they addressed a handful of the bugs earlier this month, including fixing how the browser crashed following the opening of a new tab after closing a certificate/authentication dialog and restricting the browser’s auto fill capabilities when it comes to entering credit card credentials.
Ødegaard also said the browser can now check for new versions of “updateable components” when it starts.
Until the changelog ends up published, it will remain unclear how many bugs Opera 16 fixes – but at least 13 of them, including the three above, ended up fixed earlier this month.
The browser has also added support for W3C’s Geolocation API, letting the user decide if they want to share their location with location-aware services such as Foursquare much like Chrome and Firefox. The Opera team also added support for Windows jump lists, a set of internal Flags for developers and improved HTML5 support.
Opera 16 has also updated its Engine to Chromium 29 and fine-tuned its “form filler” autofill settings.
With the switch to Chromium 29, Opera will now support chrome.cookies and chrome.history APIs, adding to the Chromium support it introduced in Opera 15.
Like most browsers, Opera has to go through a rapidly evolving development channel. Opera started its “fast release cycle” in early August with three different streams: stable, Next and developer.
Opera 16 is technically the latest stable version of Opera Next. According to developer Sebastian Baberowski, the next iteration of the browser, version 17, will switch from the development channel to the Next channel in the next one to two weeks.