Norwegian browser maker Opera has released a stable version of Opera 20 for Android, which includes WebRTC support for video chats straight from the browser.
The stable release with support for WebRTC (web real time communications) brings Opera in line with Chrome and Firefox for Android, which added WebRTC support last year. Opera released the feature in its beta channel last month. Opera has offered WebRTC support in its desktop browser as has Chrome and Firefox since mid-2013.
The set of WebRTC APIs open up the browser for web-based real time communications without plugins, or in the case of mobile, a separate app.
To test the feature, Opera is recommending the site appear.in, which supports chats with up to eight people at once. Other similar sites include talky.io, apprtc.appspot.com, and codeshare.io.
While the the ability to access the camera and mic in the browser are neat features, there's obvious privacy risks that come with it. To address this, Opera said the Android browser informs the user when the camera and microphone is in use via on-screen requests, similar to the desktop version.
The update also brings a new flat design to Opera's Speed Dial and the ability to adjust browser navigation bars to suit a phone or tablet, while the browser’s Chromium core moved up to version 33.
Opera 20 can be installed via Google Play today.