Thanks to Carakan and the new Vega graphics library, Opera is now claiming that its browser is the fastest.
"Opera 10.50 is the fastest browser in almost all speed tests," Opera CEO Lars Boilesen said in a statement. "But more important than any speed test is the real-world speed during use."
In addition to the new speed improvements in Opera 10.5, the new Opera browser is now catching up to other major browser with the inclusion of a private mode for browsing. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Firefox all already have some kind of private mode for browsing, which is intended to prevent history and cookie information from being stored during a browsing session.
As opposed to the other browser vendors, which provide their respective private modes in a separate browser window, Opera is enabling users to have a private tab for their private sessions.
Google Chrome browser share grows
The efforts come as Opera is still playing catch-up to its competitors in terms of market share.
The latest stats from Net Applicationsplaces Opera in fifth place for the month of February, with a 2.35 percent market share -- down slightly from the 2.38 percent Net Applications attributed to it in January.
Meanwhile, Internet Explorer weighed in at 61.58 percent in February, followed by Firefox at 24.23 percent and Apple Safari at 4.45 percent. Like Opera, IE, Firefox and Safari all lost share from January to February as well.
In contrast, Google's Chrome is gaining share with 5.61 percent in February -- an improvement over the 5.22 percent Net Applications reported for January.