Norwegian-based Opera has announced the latest versions of its two mobile browsers, Mini 6 and Mobile 11, which include pinch-to-zoom, tablet optimisation and make it easier to share what you are doing.
Opera is the world’s most popular mobile browser with over 100 million users around the world being used on more than 3,000 separate devices. The latest versions of Mobile and Mini look to take advantage of the superior speeds and processing capabilities of the latest and greatest smartphones. The standout feature, included in Opera for the first time, is pinch-to-zoom which is something that smartphone users will have been used to for a long time now, and Opera is finally catching up.
Scrolling, panning and zooming have also been improved to make the overall experience faster and more intuitive. For the first time, Opera has been optimized for tablets with a whole new interface built for them. A 'share button' has also been included to make it easier to tell your Facebook friends or Twitter followers what you’re up to at any stage. In a tooth-shatteringly saccharine statement from Opera, it tells us why Mobile 11 and Mini 6 are the bee’s knees: “If you’ve lost that loving feeling for the Web on your phone or tablet, don’t let it bring you down. Just try one of our browsers. The sun always shines on TV, but the Opera browser shines on more than 3000 devices.” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software – obviously after six bottles of fizzy drink.
For those wondering, Opera Mini is the browser optimised for reducing your data transfers and tweaked to work on ‘dumb’ and feature phones while Opera Mobile is optimised to give you all the web has to offer on your smartphone or tablet device. Opera Mini 6 is available for J2ME, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian/S60 phones while Opera Mobile is available for Android, Symbian, Windows 7 desktop (labs release), MeeGo (labs release) and Maemo (labs release) platforms. Both are available here