Opera Launches Mini 5 Browser

September 16, 2009
Opera Software released Wednesday a beta version of its popular mobile browser, and Opera Mini 5 boasts multiple new features and a new user interface.

The browser is available for a wide variety of devices including feature phones with Java ME, as well as Windows Mobile and BlackBerry smartphones. Opera Mini is compatible with multiple platforms because it uses server-side compression technology that eases the bandwidth and hardware requirements needed to surf the Web from a mobile device.

Opera said the latest version of its mobile browser compresses pages by up to 90% before they are sent to a phone, which improves page-load times. Opera Mini 5 also adds tabbed browsing, a password manager, improved scrolling, and a refined user interface that has better support for touch-screen handsets.

Opera has brought some of the features of its desktop browser to Opera Mini 5, including the "speed dial" feature which is a set of visual bookmarks for Web pages when the user opens a new tab. The beta version is available for multiple devices, and it can be downloaded directly to a phone from Opera's Web site.

Download Opera Mini 5 beta here.

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