Opera Software released an Android
version of its
popular Opera Mini 5 beta web
. According to Opera, the mobile browser compresses data by up to
90%, making pages load more quickly. In order to achieve this boost in speed, the
browser is actually a proxy-based browser that connects to Opera's servers.
These servers compress the data remotely and then push the compressed results
to the phone.
Opera Mini 5 beta delivers a desktop-like Web browsing
experience. Some of the browser's features include Speed Dialing, tabbed browsing,
bookmarks, and a password manager. The Speed Dial feature makes it easy to
navigate to your favorite Web pages in a single click using visual bookmarks
when you open a new tab.
“Android users should not have to compromise when it comes
to surfing the Web on their phones. Opera Mini will give Android users a fast
and cost-efficient access to their favorite Web sites and services,” said Dag
Olav Norem, Vice President of Products, Opera Software.
The addition of an Android version expands Opera Mini's availability.
The mobile browser is also available for BlackBerry
smartphones, Windows Mobile
devices, and Java-enabled phones. Users can download Mini 5 beta by visiting
Opera's mobile website (m.opera.com/next) or by visiting Opera's page from
their PC (http://www.opera.com/mini/next/
The Android version of the browser is also available in the Android Market.