Saturday , October 16 2021

Opera for Android adds support for blocking pop-ups in the EU

Opera for Android v48, released today, added support for blocking annoying pop-ups that attack Internet users in the last few years.

Thanks to this, Opera is the first and only browser – for now – to block these types of pop-ups, even if this feature is only available to Android users.

The new feature is not turned off by default. Users must visit the browser to enable it Settings >> Ad blocking section and turn on "Block cookie dialogs" option.

Notifications about displaying confirmation regarding cookies have been annoying for Internet users since 2011, when the EU directive gave EU residents the right to refuse to use cookies when visiting a website.

Initial pop-ups with cookie files were only displayed to EU users, but because some sites are sloppy in terms of their geofencing capabilities, pop-up cookie windows have also slowly begun to appear and annoy users around the world, not just in EU space.

While the desktop sites have minimized the cookie dialog boxes for barely visible toolbars at the top or bottom of the web page, the toolbars are big banners displayed from the level of the mobile browser, sometimes obscuring half of the user's screen.

This is a glaring user experience (UX) with which Opera today advises some mobile users thanks to the release of Opera on Android version 48.

It is expected that the pop-up blocking feature will not appear in the desktop version, at least for now. The list of features announced for the upcoming desktop versions of Opera v57 and v58 did not mention the possibility of blocking cookies.

Opera is expected to release v57 for its desktop browsers in the coming weeks. Opera 57 is based on Chromium 70 and you can read more about its upcoming features in this Opera blog from last month.

Other features available in the Opera on Android 48 include better support for the shortcut to the Android home screen, support for saving the details of payment cards in the browser so that they can be repeatedly used repeatedly, and improvements in browser readability settings. More about new features here.

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