Opera Intros Mini 5 Browser For Android

Opera Software released an Android version of its popular Opera Mini 5 beta web browser. 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.