It’s the world’s most popular mobile browser with over 30 million downloads, and the latest beta version has just rocked into town.
One of the main drivers for the browser’s enduring success is the natty server side compression technology used by Opera to make websites up to 90% smaller and thus vastly nippier to download.
Now up to version five after being introduced in 2005, Opera Mini throws around the fairy dust and introduces tabbed browsing, one-click ‘speed dial’ access to your favourite websites and a password manager.
There’s also the ability to search for text within a web page, and a rather exciting concept called “power scrolling.”
This feature seems to have put the company into hyperbolic overdrive, with Opera insisting that it will enable you to, “scroll at warp speed using your phone keypad or by dragging the page on a phone with a touch screen.” Make it so!
Opera have also released a special version of the Opera Mini 5 beta for BlackBerry users, and anyone with a Java enabled phone can download the beta from here or wallow in the joy of their official press release here.