The world’s favorite browser on phones, the mighty Opera Mini, just received a big fat update. This is because the bump in numbers is big – it went from 5 to 5.1 and then to 6 directly. So yeah, expect some cool goodies in there. Here’s our mini review, focussing on the changes that have been made.
- The skin – the thing you’ll notice first is the skin – it’s gone from red to black. Good. But I rather think users should have been given the option to skin it with different colors, just like it was possible in Opera Mini 3.2.
- The Drop down menu – previously, it used to be in the center. Now, it has been moved to extreme left. While this doesn’t effect anything, it is a bit refreshing.
- The last part is new indeed. It has never existed in previous Opera Minis, if my memory serves me right. While there are different Opera Mini versions for different platforms, here, I’m covering the Symbian part exclusively, as I got to use this one. But rest assured, the same applies for all versions.
- PS – there is now Pinch to Zoom enabled as well. Ofcourse, only for touchscreen devices. Works smooth, as our readers have reported. Also, there’s HTML 5 support thrown in.
You get to share it on Facebook and Twitter, apart from ‘My Opera’. What I also noticed is that it says ‘via Tweet Button’ on Twitter and ‘via Opera Mini’ on Facebook. I wonder why…
I also noticed some changes in the way pages were being rendered… Here’s the spoiler – the previous version of Opera Mini did it better, in my opinion. Also, zooming in using ‘5’ number key is not always accurate.
Opera Mobile has also been updated to v11. And the big news there is – suppport for HTML 5! That is cool.
The ‘Share’ option here is however renamed to ‘Send’. That is because you can send the URL of the page you are looking at via –
- Share it Online
Out of the 5 options, the SMS and Email options didn’t work. Spoiler – you cannot share it directly on Facebook and Twitter unlike Opera Mini 6. Puzzles me really that why couldn’t these two be thrown in, too.
Official Changelog –
- Modernized new user interface
- New UI optimized for tablet devices
- Faster framerates when panning and zooming
- No checkerboard, ever
- Text stays sharp during zooming
- Improved text-wrap on zoom
- Smart-tap, auto-zoom and highlights links if ambiguous link click
- Incremental zooming for devices w/o multi-touch
- Buttons for jumping to the top/bottom of the page
- Haptic feedback (if supported in hardware)
- Share URL on social networks, email etc
- Improved Geolocation support
- Session restore
- Presto 2.7.81
- Adobe Flash support (Android only, Flash player available separately in Android Market)
- Click-to-play, load Flash content on demand only
- Application Cache
- WebStorage and WebDatabase
- DOM touch and multi-touch events
- HTML5 Audio/Video
- Support for CSS @viewport
- Improved support for meta viewport
- Support for Web Open Font Format (WOFF)
- Support for Arabic ligatures
- Improved form fields skin
- Fixed startup problems on Archos devices and Motorola Atrix
- Support native clipboard on Symbian 5th ed and Symbian^3
- Support for half-screen keyboard on Symbian^3 phones
- Added Thai, Hebrew and Arabic fonts
- Added localization for Malay language (APAC build)
Apart from that, everything else remains same like on the Opera Mini 6.
Overall, it’s not such a big advantage over the previous versions, but yes, the ‘Share’ and ‘Send’ options, especially the ‘Share’ one is one good addition.
Go try them now from http://m.opera.com and let us know how you liked them. Remember, you read it first here!