Opera Now Allows Cross-Platform Browser Sync!

Opera has remained a favorite browser for many through the years, and has expanded to pretty much all platforms. Today they announce a new feature – bookmark synchronization across all platforms. Now you can use one set of bookmarks across Opera for computers, Opera for Android and Opera Mini for iOS so users can sync bookmarks between computers, phones and tablets.

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Setting things up is simple – to sync your bookmarks and see them across your devices, select Settings from the main menu, and create an Opera account or sign into your existing one.

Mobile and computer surfing — Neck and neck

For Opera users, web browsing frequency and preferences for content are remarkably similar across devices – you don’t let screen size impact your surfing habits. We’ve looked into how users like to browse and this is what we found:

  • 45% of Opera for computers users surf the web at least five days a week.
  • Quite similarly, 40% of Opera mobile users browse at least five days a week.
  • In some countries, like Germany and Russia, these mobile and desktop numbers are almost identical to each other.

This suggests that, despite the mobile boom, surfing via a computer remains popular in many places across the globe. We see this especially during weekdays in the browsing data, and that mobile users are more active during weekends.

Content across devices — Same same, and not so different

One surprising finding from our study is that our users tend to look for the same content on different devices, as we can see from the most popular topics viewed in Opera’s Discover feature which automatically gathers interesting stories from different publications and topics.

The most popular Discover categories among mobile users worldwide are News, Entertainment, Technology, Sports, Lifestyle, Science, Business, Motoring, Health and Art. Think people browse different content on their computer vs handset? Think again! The top-ten list for computer users looks exactly the same, except for Sports, which moves up from 4th to 3rd position.

This list varies in different locations, but there are no significant differences between the top ten topics across computer and mobile users. For instance, in the United States, the only significant difference is – again – Sports, which is ranked 5th in the mobile list, and 3rd in the computer one.

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So, despite the hype about the dominance of mobile and the rapid decline of computers, we’re seeing people browsing the web in remarkably similar ways across their favorite devices. That’s why we’re giving you a more seamless, multi-screen experience, with bookmark synchronization. Now, your must-have content is always at your fingertips – whether you’re on your computer, phone or tablet.

Check out the promo video:


About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!