As expected, Norwegian software company Opera Software announced on Tuesday the launch of a new version of its highly popular mobile browser Opera Mini. Available now in a beta variant, Opera Mini 5 is set to deliver a superior browsing experience, the company states, and comes with a series of new features and improvements when compared to the previously available iterations.
Opera Mini 5 beta comes towards mobile phone owners with ease of use and a wide availability, as well as with a new, sleek look and feel. Other novelties that can be found in the just-released variant of the browser also include Speed Dial bookmarks and tabs, in addition to Opera’s renowned speed. The new flavor of the application is available for download for free, the company adds.
The feature list of Opera Mini 5 beta includes:
- Sleek design — Opera Mini 5 features a new, intuitive and advanced look and feel.
- Tabbed browsing — This desktop favorite is now available for Opera Mini. Tabs allow users to browse several sites simultaneously. This helps users easily jump from one page to another with the click of a tab.
- Touchscreen or keypad browsing — Opera Mini caters to the needs of your phone, offering optimal browsing for both touchscreen and keypad-based phones.
- Password manager — Opera Mini is a virtual memory bank, securely saving all passwords for e-mail, social-networking sites, online banking and more.
- Speed Dial — This is our take on a table of contents for your Web adventure. Opera’s Speed Dial will greet you with your pre-selected Internet favorites upon loading the browser.
The browsing solution, as many of you might already know, has seen great traction among users all around the world, and carriers also chose it as the browser to be included in the handsets they deliver to subscribers. According to Opera, the application can compress data by up to 90 percent, which drives towards less network usage and a faster Internet experience.
Opera Mini is currently used by more than 30 million people around the world, the software company states. The application delivers 12 billion Web pages per month to users and is available on handsets that come with support for Java. Opera Mini accounts for a large market share due to its speed, convenience and ease-of-use, the company added.
“In our own research, we have learned that the number-one reason people use Opera Mini is because it is easy — easy to use the Web you know. The idea of navigating the vastness of the Web from such a small screen can be a daunting leap, which is why we have long committed to make the browsing experience you are familiar with from your PC, easy to do on your mobile phone,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “With new, sleek navigation buttons, tabbed browsing and Speed Dial bookmarks, you are never more than a click away from where you want to go on the Web.”
Opera Mini 5 beta is available for download from Softpedia as well, for BlackBerry and Java.