Opera sings praises of Mini mobile browser

 

GLOBAL - Opera Mini 4 beta showcases 'zoom' feature.

Opera has released a beta of Opera Mini 4, codenamed Dimension, allowing users a sneak preview of the latest version of the mobile phone browser. 

The firm said that the application has been completely redesigned to allow users to browse sites using a mobile in the same way that they would from a PC.

The most obvious new development is the inclusion of a zoom function, based on the original Opera feature introduced for Nintendo's Wii console. 

Opera Mini 'dives' into the page and then snaps to the content so that scrolling is smooth.

Alternatively users can turn on 'fit to width' and view pages in the small screen rendering view in which the structure of the page is changed into a single column, removing the need to scroll horizontally while browsing.

The new version also includes a virtual mouse allowing users to scroll in any direction. The cursor will look for content and links, and snap the view to the area. Scrolling and zooming can also be done using the phone keypad.

Opera also claims that Opera Mini 4 is more than twice as fast as any other mobile browser.

Jon von Tetzchner, chief executive at Opera, said: "The feedback from the beta users will go to make Opera Mini even better and we thank the community for their efforts.

"Opera Mini has succeeded due to the support of the people who have made it the most popular mobile browser available today."

Microsoft's recently unveiled Deepfish mobile browser offers a similar zoom function, but is currently only available to a closed beta testing group. 

Opera Mini has been downloaded more than 15 million times and used to access more than five billion pages since its worldwide debut in 2006.

Opera Mini 4 beta is available free from the Opera Mini website.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Opera sings praises of Mini mobile browser
 
 
 
Top Stories
Content, cost & constant innovation: How Foxtel plans to take on Netflix
Nell Payne inhabits the “brave new world of blue strings and networking”. Just don't ask her to put a TV screen on your microwave.
 
Sending in the drones
Margins are getting tighter in the industrial services industry, so Transfield Services' Stephen Phillips looks offshore - and to the skies - for the solutions he needs to keep pace.
 
Westpac fires starting pistol on core banking upgrade
St George readies itself for move to Celeriti.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Microsoft launches Office for Android preview
May 22, 2015
Microsoft has launched a preview of Office for Android smartphones. Pre-release versions of ...
Microsoft is working on an iOS email chat feature called Flow
May 22, 2015
Microsoft is working on a new chat app, but at the moment we know more about what we DON'T know, ...
Windows 10 free upgrade: Microsoft details who gets what
May 22, 2015
Microsoft was meant to be streamlining its OS with Windows 10, so why is upgrading so confusing? ...
Windows 10 has an edition to suit everyone's needs
May 15, 2015
Microsoft unveils a mind-melting six editions of Windows 10 ahead of its Winter 2015 launch. ...
Firefox 38 FINAL released, debuts new tab-based preferences
May 13, 2015
Mozilla has unveiled the latest version of Firefox 38.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Should Optus make a bid for iiNet?

   |   View results
Yes
  44%
 
No
  56%
TOTAL VOTES: 522

Vote