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Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:26

Opera Mini 4.2 brings mobile browsing to life - again!

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Got a modern mobile that can run Java apps, and want a better browser than whatever’s built in? Time for a free upgrade to Opera Mini 4.2, for your Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung Instinct, Google G1 Android gPhone and many more.

Browser virtuosos Opera Software have released its latest headline act for mobile browsing, with a browser that outclasses almost every other mobile browser out there, without costing a penny.

Offering a 30% faster browsing experience for US users thanks to a new Opera Mini server park in the US, a new beta version for the Android platform and even salvation for Samsung Instinct users who were previously lumbered with the built-in browser, Opera Mini 4.2 revitalises the mobile browsing experience.

It does so by delivering “full page” browsing that can be effortlessly zoomed into, with text properly formatting on smaller mobile screens, delivering many of the delightful browsing benefits iPhone users take for granted, without the expense of actually upgrading to an iPhone itself.

However full page browsing does not mean high data usage, as Opera compresses the data before it is sent to the phone, and lets users choose the level of compression used in its settings. 

Jon von Tetzchner, the CEO at Opera Software said: “With Opera Mini 4.2, we are showing the world that Opera never gets complacent. We will always be improving our product, adding speed, new functionality and features, and ensuring that it is accessible by all.

“Our support of the Android platform helps fulfill our mission to be available on more platforms, for more devices and reach more users, anywhere in the world.”

Opera Mini 4.2 brings back the colourful “skinnable” elements seen in Opera Mini 3, adding a splash of colour to your web browsing experience for anyone that wants it, letting you “personalise the look and feel of the browser”.

What else is new in Opera Mini’s 4.2 brew? Please browse on over to page 2.


A new feature also lets you hand off video playback to your phone’s existing video player.

This is unlike the Skyfire browser that can play YouTube videos in the browser window, but with Opera Mini available worldwide (unlike Skyfire which is only available in the US, Canada and the UK), and with many phones able to play YouTube and other videos in the native video player, being able to make videos play at all via Opera Mini is a welcome addition.

Opera describes it as being “improved real time streaming protocol (RTSP) handoff” and says it makes many more phones “web video” compatible.

More than 90 language versions are also available, truly making Opera Mini a mobile browser for all.

The latest new languages include Amharic, Armenian, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Kirghiz, Lingala, Marathi, Malayalam, Mongolian, Oriya, Punjabi, Pashto, Sinhala, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Uzbek, Khmer, Kashmiri, Lao and Turkmen.

Opera Mini also now supports the “Opera Link” link feature, which lets you synchronise  notes between the desktop version of Opera PC and Opera Mini on your phone, while existing features include the ability to save web pages for offline viewing, amongst others.

Opera says that “21 million unique users browsed five billion pages in October 2008 alone, totaling a remarkable 490 percent increase since October 2007. Millions of people have already discovered the power of Opera Mini; it’s time for the rest of the world to enjoy the Web on the small screen.”

Want to try out Opera Mini 4.2 for youself?

Then click here for the download, while Samsung Instinct users can finally get browser based satisfication by following this link.


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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