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Opera Mini Comes To Android

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Opera Mini Comes To Android

I've already previewed Opera Mini 4.2 for you earlier this month, but there's still one major surprise in store...

As the title (always inconveniently) gives away, Opera Mini 4.2 will be the flexible company's first browser edition to make its way over to the Google Android operating system.

Becoming the first alternative to the OS's default webkit browser, 4.2 will come with full page rendering, tabs, RSS feeds, skins, support for mobile video services (including YouTube) and Opera Link which - given Android's lack of desktop syncing functionality - could prove rather useful. Oh and there's the small matter of native support for more than 90 languages including about 50 I haven't heard of (Tajik? Khmer? Marathi? Lingala? Kirghiz? Assamese? Gujarati? Help please dear readers...).

Anyhow with no issues of duplicating functionality Opera Mini 4.2 will turn up in Android Market and give the unnamed (no, it isn't Chrome mobile - yet) native browser a real run for its money - especially with that capacitive touchscreen.

Interestingly, Opera actually made a version of Mini for the iPhone but it was banned, naturally. Hey Apple, it's called competition and it's healthy... (something I say as a happy iPhone owner).

Note: That's just the SDK generic phone image, not an impending model to get excited about.

Link:

Opera Mini Homepage

Dark of Day

November 25, 2008, 10:18 pm

Roll on Opera world domination





@Gordon ...you could always throw in a few "red herring" headlines to keep us on our toes





"Apple Bankruptcy.."





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"...seems unlikely."

Gordon394

November 25, 2008, 10:26 pm

@Dark of Day - I try ;)

autosapien

November 26, 2008, 12:58 am

Surely they should have released Opera Mobile rather than Mini?





And why do you keep bemoaning lack of desktop sync on Android? It's a good thing, as all syncing should be done over the air to the cloud.

Gordon394

November 26, 2008, 7:29 am

@autosapien - it should be... in 12/24 months not now where no desktop sync can leave many high and dry. It's like Jobs' preaching about the iPhone: no need for MMS everyone should just email. YES STEVE, good in theory but wait for everyone to catch up, already...

Oliver Levett

November 27, 2008, 3:53 am

"Surely they should have released Opera Mobile rather than Mini?"


Opera Mini is a Java application already, so porting it is probably far simpler than having to rewrite Opera Mobile (which is only available for WM and Nokia devices).





Syncing to "the cloud" has been available for a long time in Windows Mobile at least, thanks to the marvel of proper exchange server support. And, if you use Google anything, syncing with Android is far easier than trying to sync locally.





"It's like Jobs' preaching about the iPhone: no need for MMS everyone should just email. YES STEVE, good in theory but wait for everyone to catch up, already..."


Did he say the same about 3G? Or maybe video functionality... What about bluetooth FTP? Or maybe copy/paste...



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