Opera just released version 7.5 of its Opera Mini for Android browser. The main feature here is Opera’s so-called “Smart Page,” which is meant to give you a quick and easy-to-read update of what’s happening in your social network, as well as a list of personalized news updates and a section with suggested links based on your location. The Smart Page, says Opera, is supposed to give you “a birds-eye view of what’s happening.”
The social tab allows you to see updates from your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and vKontakte, the European social network that is especially popular among Russian-speaking users. The news section, says Opera, will learn from your browsing habits and show you headlines relevant to you, while the list of suggested links will feature “relevant links based on the region your Android phone is located.” These suggested links will come from Opera and the company’s partners (though it’s not clear if companies pay for inclusion in this list).
Opera Mini also continues to feature Opera’s Turbo Mode, which compresses the sites you are looking at on Opera’s servers, saving you time and money (if you are on a metered or pay-per-megabyte plan) as Opera Mini can reduce the amount of data transferred by up to 90 percent.
On Android, the company also offers Opera Mobile, which is a more full-featured browser for more powerful phones. Opera Mobile does not feature this new Smart Page yet, but chances are it will also add it to this browser as well in the future.
Opera Mini lets you have the full Web everywhere. The new Opera Mini 4.2 is even faster with more than 30% speed improvements for users in the United States and there are noticeable speed improvements for all other users. This latest version adds support for skins selections to personalize the look and feel of the browser. Opera Link was also improved and now offers support for notes, allowing users to sync their notes between the PC and Opera Mini.
Opera Mobile was launched in 2000 as the first mobile browser to bring the full Web to the small mobile screen. Since 2004 it has been installed on 125 million phones. Opera Mobile has pioneered and set the standard in mobile browsing, supporting the latest technologies and receiving industry acclaim. Today, Opera continues to provide the best mobile Web experience with Opera Mobile 9.7.