Jul 14 AT 9:35 AM Anthony Domanico 11 Comments

Opera Mini for Android updates to 5.1, sheds beta tag

Back in March, Opera released a beta version of their Opera Mini browser for the Android platform. I like several thousand other Android users, was very eager to try Opera out to see how it stacked up against the stock browser and other browser alternatives. Though webpages seemed to load very quickly in Opera Mini, I was fairly unimpressed by the overall Opera Mini experience.

Earlier this morning, Opera has announced that it is upgrading the Opera Mini browser to version 5.1, and is getting rid of the beta tag suggesting Opera may be ready for prime time. Time will tell how it stacks up against the mass of other products out there, but this time around Opera seems to be trying to actively set itself apart from the competition.

Recognizing the trend in the cell phone industry to move away from unlimited data plans (looking at you AT&T and Verizon) and toward tiered plans, Opera is touting the fact that its compression technology delivers websites quicker and can reduce data costs by up to 90%. This may be good enough to convince some of those Android users who are or will soon be on tiered data plans to give Opera Mini a closer look.

So what’s new in Opera 5.1 you may ask? Well, the Opera Mini blog reveals the following enhancements:

  • 96 languages are now supported in the user interface.
  • Improved page layout on high-resolution screens.
  • Improved kinetic scrolling.
  • Opera Mini can now be set as the default browser.
  • Automatically save browsing sessions if Opera Mini is killed by the system while in the background. Your session is restored if Opera is re-opened within 60 minutes.
  • Full-screen now uses the whole screen.

If you’re looking for a browser to replace the stock Android browser, I’d encourage you to give Opera Mini 5.1 a shot. Already trying Opera Mini 5.1 out? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: Opera

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  • http://tonybullard.com Tony Bullard

    I ust hate that every time I open it I get a “Loading Opera Mini” page. it’s makes looking at links from Twitter a slow process. And then to back out of it, and go back to twitter, it goes from the loaded page to their quick launch page, and then back to twitter. Kinda lame.

    • Gee

      I’ve never really used it enough before to notice that, but this version doesn’t seem to do that. Anyway, it seems okay, loads pages a lot quicker than the stock browser. One annoyance is that the server side compression causes the entire page to reload even if it’s an ajax/javascript function. The layout also loses some of it’s styling – as usual. It’s a trade off of speed vs quality — so it’s most handy when you want to look at something really quickly.

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    I hope they refine the pinch-to-zoom, its rather unusable now

    • Gee

      Yeah, seems like a 3-4 step zoom which isn’t as good as “smooth” zooming but could be usable if it didn’t zoom so fast that you skip all the intermediate steps.

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    Still no multi touch zoom?!?!?!?! :@

    • http://Website mkrmec

      Still faster to double tap :D

  • http://Website Greg

    I still find It annoying that I can’t seem to get it to scroll in a straight line. Always seems to drift to the left or right a little.

  • http://Website Suresh

    I’ve never used this before, but like to give a try. before trying, have they enabled app to SD feature?

  • http://Website Arman

    I love this app! super fast with a modern feel and UI. my only issue is the one moentioned above: the scrolling when loomed in doesn’t go in a straight line….

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    you can download it from this website:

    You’ll find it on the home page or you can search for it …

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