Summary: New versions of Opera Mini and Mobile will debut on Android, and Opera will be getting a feature that allows web developers to let users peruse their site by paging through the site, rather than scrolling.
At Opera Software’s 2011 Up North Web event held in Oslo, the maker of the Opera web browser announced new versions of its Opera Mini (6.5) and Opera Mobile (11.5) browsers, which the company said would debut on Android.
Opera announced the following new features:
- A page that keeps count of how much data is used through the browser
- Bookmark import for Android
- Inline video on Honeycomb for Opera Mobile
Chief technology officer of Opera Software, Håkon Wium Lie, also showed off a new feature they’re working on that lets users page through websites, rather than scroll through them.
Lie demonstrated the feature on an Android tablet and likened this development to the move from scrolls to books.
The full press release below.
A megabyte saved is a megabyte earned. Now, the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers for Android make it easier than ever to keep control of surfing costs.
Debuting on Android phones, Opera Mini 6.5 and Opera Mobile 11.5 will now show you exactly how much data you have spent and saved using the two products and, in turn, the money and time you save. A dedicated page, easily accessible from the help menu inside the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers, keeps count of how much data you are spending and saving in total, or for a specific timeframe like a trip abroad with roaming.
The number of megabytes saved while using the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers can directly translate into money saved if you are roaming or on a pay-as-you-go plan for data traffic. For people on capped data plans, this is a handy feature to make sure you don’t max out reaching those slow, punishing network speeds you might encounter after using up your allowance.
A browser in the cloud
Using cloud-assisted browsing to reduce the size of webpages by up to 90%, consumers get a faster, cheaper and better web experience. With no special device needed, Opera Mini works on more than 3000 devices and is a free download from m.opera.com.
“A lot of people don’t realize how much money they can save on data traffic, people naturally want an easy way to measure how much data they use,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “Now, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile will show exactly how much data you save by using our cloud-assisted technology. Never before has it been this easy–or this sexy–to reduce your mobile data usage.”
An easy (book)mark
Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers are becoming more tightly integrated into the Android operating system. With a handy bookmark import function and shortcuts directly from the home screens, everyday use of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile is even easier.
Bookmark import will transfer existing bookmarks on the device to the Opera browsers, while the home screen shortcut makes for easier access to your most-used websites.
Other improvements, some more visible than others, include:
Updated Opera Turbo in Opera Mobile allows you to take advantage of data savings with Opera Turbo, when surfing on mobile networks
Inline video on Honeycomb for Opera Mobile is now supported
Opera Mini and Opera Mobile for Android are available for free in the Android Market or from m.opera.com.
Jan Vermeulen is a guest of Opera at Up North Web in Oslo