Opera Browser Nearly Doubles Load Speed by Integrating Ad-blocking Technology Directly Into the Browser Engine

Mar 10, 2016, 03:00 ET from Opera Software ASA

OSLO, Norway, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Opera for computers is launching an integrated ad-blocking feature in its newest developer version, out today - the first major PC browser to do so.

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Once enabled, the ad-blocking feature speeds up webpage load times by as much as 90%, compared to browsing with the option disabled.

The integrated ad-blocking technology also gives on average a 40% faster browsing experience compared to third-party ad-blocking extensions. The improved performance is possible since the filtering happens at the web-engine level, where the browser can fully control the loading process of the webpage - something extensions can't do.

"Advertising fuels the internet, allowing for many services to be free for users. But, as our new research shows, most webpages today are significantly slowed down by bloated ads and heavy tracking. We don't accept it - we want the web to be a better place for us all, as users," says Krystian Kolondra, SVP of Engineering and Head of Opera for computers.

How the integrated ad-blocking feature works 

Since the ad-blocking feature, available in the developer version of Opera for computers, is fully integrated with the browser, no additional download of extensions or plug-ins is necessary.

While browsing, users can easily choose to enable ad-blocking by selecting the dialog option.

In addition to the simple on-off button, the ad-blocking feature comes with a benchmark, so users, web developers and publishers can see how much ads and tracking software affect page-loading times. Users can also monitor their browsing by the day, week and total number of blocked ads.

About ad blocking 

In recent years, the increasing number of online ads has become one of the major annoyances of web browsing, driving more and more people to use ad-blocking software. The number of people using ad-blocking tools grew by 41% worldwide and by 48% in the United States between Q2 2014 and Q2 2015, with 98% of those users being on PCs.

"Growing demand for ad-blocking tools tells us that the current approach to advertising is damaging user's online experiences. It interrupts your web-surfing, slows down your browser, and, at Opera, we want to fix it," Kolondra continues.

For more details of how Opera have performed test, please see Operas news pages.

SOURCE Opera Software ASA