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July 19, 2010

Opera Mini 5.1 Now Available for the Android Platform

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Opera Software has released the Opera Mini 5.1 for mobile phones that run on the Android (News - Alert) platform, which allows for lightning fast browsing and enhanced user experience.

The Opera Web browser is a high-quality, multi-platform product for a wide range of platforms, operating systems and embedded Internet products – including Mac, PC and Linux computers, mobile phones and PDAs, game consoles, and other devices like the Nintendo Wii, DS, Sony Mylo

The Opera Mini that is being used by more than 61 million users worldwide comes with an enhanced user interface, pinch-zoom capabilities and improved functionality for a better web browsing experience, while keeping the costs to a minimum. The newly released Opera Mini 5.1 for Android also includes tabbed browsing, a password manager, speed dial and bookmarks. 

The Opera Mini has the built in ability to offer speed dial home page that provides users with fast one-click access to their favorite sites – allowing them to fully customize each of the links by long-clicking on each shortcut and waiting for the menu to pop up. This allows users to replace the six default shortcuts with their own favorites, something which they couldn’t do in the beta version. 

Since the beta, Opera Mini has improved rendering to make browsing look better on high-resolution devices. Text is legible even when zoomed out and in addition to the enhanced features such as tabs, Speed Dial navigation and Opera Link, surfing with Opera Mini is smoother with improved kinetic scrolling.

Opera Mini can also be set as the default browser on the Android device, making it easier to launch web pages from outside of the browser. Since Opera Mini uses Opera's compression technology to shrink pages before they are sent to the phone, using Opera Mini will result in faster page loads especially when using slower 2G or crowded Wi-Fi connections.

CEO of Opera Software (News - Alert), Lars Boilesen has stated that the Opera Mini 5.1 for the Android platform is the next step in bringing the world's most popular mobile web browser to all major platforms, offering improved performance and great web experience to almost any handset. Opera Mini has brought the Web to almost any handset by compressing data up to 90 percent before sending content to the phone that significantly results in improved page loading speed and reduced data costs for the user. 

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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