Dec 11 AT 3:39 PM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Opera Mini 5 coming to Android before Opera Mobile 10

Yesterday we reported that Opera Mobile 10 would be coming to Android, but would only be available to OEMs. We reached out to Opera to see if we could obtain a review copy and asked if there would be a public beta (like we have seen for Symbian and Windows Mobile).

Here is the official statement we received from Opera:

“Android is an open platform for JAVA (Dalvik) applications. Native applications, like Opera Mobile 10, can use only features published as part of the NDK that is currently made for a narrow class of applications, mainly applications that are made in Java but uses some native code to do CPU intensive tasks. Opera Mobile is an application implemented fully in native code, and currently dependent on direct access to standard Linux libraries (not available from the NDK).”

This means we are unlikely to receive a public beta, but Opera said they are always evaluating new platforms to release its products on. I think this also explains why we have only seen Opera Mobile 10 running on the HTC Hero. It looks like the current Opera code is only able to work when the handset maker (HTC) implements it into their firmware and it cannot be installed with a simple .apk file.

Instead, Android users will be treated to the new Opera Mini 5 (their lightweight client-server browser) which should be appearing in the Android Market soon. Opera Mini is designed for feature phones and is the most popular browser in the world with 30 million users. The new Opera Mini 5 has received a makeover and now closely resembles Opera Mobile 10.

Top new features of Opera Mini 5 include:

  • Tabbed browsing – Browse several Web sites at the same time, while easily jumping from one to another.
  • Speed Dial – Get to your favorite Web page with just one click, with a set of visual bookmarks when you open a new tab.
  • Opera Link – Synchronize your bookmarks and Speed Dial between your mobile phone and desktop computer.
  • Download manager – Manage downloads right from the browser. Pause and resume downloads to suit your needs.

Source: Opera

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  • http://Website Brian Mastenbrook

    “Native applications, like Opera Mobile 10, can use only features published as part of the NDK that is currently made for a narrow class of applications, mainly applications that are made in Java but uses some native code to do CPU intensive tasks. Opera Mobile is an application implemented fully in native code, and currently dependent on direct access to standard Linux libraries (not available from the NDK).”

    I’m sorry, but this does not mean that Opera Mobile couldn’t be written for standard Android devices. It does mean that the standard platform and graphics functionality (other than standard C libraries) needs to be wrapped in a form that can be invoked from C, but this is in no way impossible.

    If they don’t want to put the effort into it, they should just say so.

  • Wayne

    Personally if they aren’t going to put their time into releasing Opera 10 Mobile for standard release on Android phones then I’m not going to waste my time and believing their hype about Opera Mini 5.

    I’ve been a long time fan of the desktop application from Opera and was hoping dearly that I could get a copy of Opera Mobile 10 for my new Droid.

    Mobile or bust, mini is not what I’m looking for and not what I as a user want.

    I’ll stick with the default web kit browser and see if Mozilla treats us better than Opera is.

  • enderx

    It doesn’t matter if they make it into an apk using the ndk or w.e, xda will have a rom ready with opera mobile 10 for the g1 and others as soon as they can get their hands on a build with it.

    That said, opera mini 5 is actually pretty sweet. I had it for my g1 with a hero build in the first beta, and it was wicked fast and looked really nice. Tabs were espcially cool.

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    So, is this beta available now for Android or not? I couldn’t figure out how to get it on my phone if there is a way to get it.

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    how soon before mini5 is out in market? i had it on my storm1 and i like it alot. id be happy to see it. so do we have a time line. or will firefox beat them to the punch.

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    i have symbian phone and have both opera mobile 10 and mini 5 installed.

    I find it funny that some of u guys are turning your nose’s up at opera mini with some strange kind of browser snobbism… Opera doesn’t owe anyone anything, theyre basically doing you a favour by drastically increasing the competition for other browsers by lifting the bar and by charging nothing for their software.

    Personally, I prefer mini over mobile because it is always faster (even with a decent smartphone) – this is especially noticable on heavier webpages. I can browse for hours and hours on the internet and battery doesn’t get depleted at all. Opera mobile (even with the turbo function enabled) is no way near as resource friendly as the cpu is doing all the leg work. I dont use 3g, only wireless…

    The final version of mini basically added all the features that had me using opera mobile before and made me switch.. (tabs, opera keyboard, downloads, copy paste etc).

    Plus it has other features that mobile doesnt (force landscape mode), and wins through simplicity everytime (more features for simplifying webpages as it has less powerful phones in mind).

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  1. Brian MastenbrookGuest 5 years ago

    “Native applications, like Opera Mobile 10, can use only features published as part of the NDK that is currently made for a narrow class of applications, mainly applications that are made in Java but uses some native code to do CPU intensive tasks. Opera Mobile is an application implemented fully in native code, and currently dependent on direct access to standard Linux libraries (not available from the NDK).”

    I’m sorry, but this does not mean that Opera Mobile couldn’t be written for standard Android devices. It does mean that the standard platform and graphics functionality (other than standard C libraries) needs to be wrapped in a form that can be invoked from C, but this is in no way impossible.

    If they don’t want to put the effort into it, they should just say so.

  2. Personally if they aren’t going to put their time into releasing Opera 10 Mobile for standard release on Android phones then I’m not going to waste my time and believing their hype about Opera Mini 5.

    I’ve been a long time fan of the desktop application from Opera and was hoping dearly that I could get a copy of Opera Mobile 10 for my new Droid.

    Mobile or bust, mini is not what I’m looking for and not what I as a user want.

    I’ll stick with the default web kit browser and see if Mozilla treats us better than Opera is.

  3. enderxGuest 5 years ago

    It doesn’t matter if they make it into an apk using the ndk or w.e, xda will have a rom ready with opera mobile 10 for the g1 and others as soon as they can get their hands on a build with it.

    That said, opera mini 5 is actually pretty sweet. I had it for my g1 with a hero build in the first beta, and it was wicked fast and looked really nice. Tabs were espcially cool.

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  5. l3reakGuest 5 years ago

    So, is this beta available now for Android or not? I couldn’t figure out how to get it on my phone if there is a way to get it.

  6. chrisGuest 5 years ago

    how soon before mini5 is out in market? i had it on my storm1 and i like it alot. id be happy to see it. so do we have a time line. or will firefox beat them to the punch.

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  9. joeGuest 5 years ago

    i have symbian phone and have both opera mobile 10 and mini 5 installed.

    I find it funny that some of u guys are turning your nose’s up at opera mini with some strange kind of browser snobbism… Opera doesn’t owe anyone anything, theyre basically doing you a favour by drastically increasing the competition for other browsers by lifting the bar and by charging nothing for their software.

    Personally, I prefer mini over mobile because it is always faster (even with a decent smartphone) – this is especially noticable on heavier webpages. I can browse for hours and hours on the internet and battery doesn’t get depleted at all. Opera mobile (even with the turbo function enabled) is no way near as resource friendly as the cpu is doing all the leg work. I dont use 3g, only wireless…

    The final version of mini basically added all the features that had me using opera mobile before and made me switch.. (tabs, opera keyboard, downloads, copy paste etc).

    Plus it has other features that mobile doesnt (force landscape mode), and wins through simplicity everytime (more features for simplifying webpages as it has less powerful phones in mind).

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