Opera 11.10 a.ka. Barracuda has been given a final release. Among others, one standout feature is an overhaul of Opera’s Turbo function, which is designed to speed up browsing on slow networks such as dial-up connections, 3G networks and crowded WiFi hotspots, especially if you enable Opera Turbo, a proxy that compresses web pages.
Opera Turbo, which works by reducing the size of the web page being requested before its sent to the browser, now uses Google’s new WebP images format. This helps speed up browsing further while better maintaining the quality of the page’s images after compression. Opera claims that in testing the changes introduced in version 11.10 produce pages that are 35 percent smaller and subsequently 15 percent quicker to load than before.
“The most noticeable difference is probably WebP. An open standard image format that was released with some fanfare by Google last year. We thought it was about time to replace the 20 year old JPEG format with something more modern. Overall, WebP produces images with less artifacts and crisper details, even though the image takes less space,” says Opera’s Audun Mathias