Sunday , March 7 2021

Opera for Android adds support for blocking European cookie pop-ups



Opera for Android v48, released today, added support for blocking annoying pop-ups that have been detrimental to Internet users in recent years.

This makes Opera the first and only browser – for now – to block these pop-up types, even if it works only for Android users.

The new feature is not turned off by default. To enable it, users must visit the browser Settings >> Ad Blocking Article and allow the "Block cookie dialogs"option.

Cookie setting-ups have been a nuisance for Internet users since 2011, when the EU directive gave EU residents the right to refuse to use cookies when visiting an online site.

Initial pop-up cookies have been shown only for EU-based users, but as some sites have sloppy on their geofencing capabilities, pop-up cookies have also started to appear and harass users all over the world, not just the EU.

While desktop sites minimize dialogs for cookie approval for toolbars at the top or bottom of a website, these toolbars are huge banners when viewed from a mobile browser, sometimes blurring half the user screen.

This is the UX user experience that Opera now appeals to certain users upon the release of Opera for Android v48.

The Pop-up Blocker feature is not expected to land on the desktop versions, at least for now. The list of features released for the upcoming V57 Opera v58 desktop versions did not mention the ability to block the cookies.

Opera is expected to release the V57 from its desktop browser in the coming weeks. Opera 57 is based on the Chromium 70, and you can read more about its upcoming features on this Opera blog last month.

Other features included in Opera for Android 48 include better support for Android home screen shortcuts, support for saving payment card information within the browser so they can be reused many times and improvements to the browser's read settings. More about the new features, here.

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