Monday , February 6 2023

Android Opera adds support to block EU cookie windows


Android v48 released today has added support to block annoying cookie windows that have been touched by internet users in recent years.

Thus Opera is the first and only browser – now – to block pop-ups of this type, even if this feature only works for Android users.

By default, the new feature is not turned off. To enable this, users must be in a browser Settings >> Ad Blocking section and enable "Block cookie dialogs"option.

Cookie settings confirmation popups are a nuisance for internet users since 2011, when the EU directive allowed EU citizens to refuse to use cookies by visiting their online site.

Initial cookie popups were only displayed to users in the EU, but as some sites received satisfactory information about their geofencing capabilities, cookie windows slowly began to appear and change users around the world, not just in the EU.

While desktop sites have minimized cookie validation dialogs for poorly visible toolbars at the top or bottom of the site, these toolbars are huge banners when viewed from a mobile browser, sometimes shadowing half of the user's screen.

This is a wonderful user experience (UX) problem that Opera is addressing this year for some mobile users who have released the Android operating system v48.

Cookie popup blocker function is expected to not work until now on desktop versions. The list of reported features for the next versions of Opera v57 and v58 did not mention cookie blocking capabilities.

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

Other features included in Opera for Android 48 include better support for Android Home screen shortcuts, support for saving card data in a browser so they can be reused multiple times, and improvements to browser reader settings. More about new features here.

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