Opera releases native Opera Mini 5 beta for Windows Mobile

Opera has launched a native beta version of Opera Mini 5 for the Windows Mobile platform today. The browser will support both Windows Mobile 5 and 6. The great part about this being a native app is the power it gives the browser. Opera Mini is now specifically optimized for the platform and free from the shackles of running under Java.

Opera excels at making mobile browser, and this version of Opera Mini is no different. Opera Mini 5 is extremely fast, as it compresses data by up to 90 percent, improving page-load speeds by significant amounts. Opera also notes that this can save you from going over your carrier defined quota for data transfer. Opera Mini 5 also has all the standard bells and whistles that users have come to love. It has tabbed browsing, a password manager, bookmark sync, a download manager, and Speed Dial.

Opera's VP of Products, Dag Olav Norem, feels that Windows Mobile deserves a better browser than what Microsoft ships pre-installed. You can try the Opera Mini 5 beta by visiting m.opera.com/next from your Windows Mobile device. You can read more about the browser and its features on Opera's website.

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I went to the URL above and had 3 options. 5 mini, 10 beta for touchsreen and 10 beta for keypads. Currently downloading 10 b3 for touchscreen onto my Omnia.

It would be awesome If mini can be installed on a PC too, it would be an awesome browser for old, "resurrected" machines.

I wonder how Opera's game is going to have to change for Windows Phone 7... It seems like Microsoft has changed a lot of options when it comes to development...

Just installed it I like it. Now I have to figure out how to make it my default browser instead of Opera Mobile. HTC Touch Pro 2

With this latest development, less and less... I've always considered Mini to be for regular phones and mobile to be for smartphones, but now I don't know what to think.

Still, and I may be wrong here, I believe Opera Mini does the whole image compression thing where Mobile doesn't.

WelshBluebird said,
Me being a bit dense - What difference is this from Opera Mobile?

Opera Mobile is like a full desktop browser, it renders the pages on the device and supports JavaScript, similar to the browser found on the iPhone or Android phones, while Mini uses server-side-rendering, thus having a far better loading time - it's even faster than on your desktop as the Opera sever compresses everything! Only drawback is that it does not support JavaScript. I'm using it myself.

Livven said,

Opera Mobile is like a full desktop browser, it renders the pages on the device and supports JavaScript, similar to the browser found on the iPhone or Android phones, while Mini uses server-side-rendering, thus having a far better loading time - it's even faster than on your desktop as the Opera sever compresses everything! Only drawback is that it does not support JavaScript. I'm using it myself.

Surely that is essentially the Turbo mode on Opera Mobile though?

Edited by WelshBluebird, Mar 4 2010, 5:48pm :

Is turbo new but? Thought it was relatively new to the Mobile version. Anyway as above they seem to be getting close to another...I fully expect them to become a single product in the not to distant future.

http://www.opera.com/products/choose/ << even that really doesn't list anything that major.

Edited by Smigit, Mar 5 2010, 1:27am :

Smigit said,
Is turbo new but? Thought it was relatively new to the Mobile version. Anyway as above they seem to be getting close to another...I fully expect them to become a single product in the not to distant future.

http://www.opera.com/products/choose/ << even that really doesn't list anything that major.

Yeah, I feel the same way. With Opera Turbo in Opera Mobile now, there seems to be less and less difference. Personally I like Opera Mobile, as I can turn Turbo off (I found that image rendering wasn't as sharp, and sometimes it rearranged the page in odd ways...). And since I almost exclusively visit mobile sites there's little gain anyhow...

I do think you're right that they'll become merged at some point. I just hope you still have the option to turn Opera Turbo off...

WelshBluebird said,

Surely that is essentially the Turbo mode on Opera Mobile though?


No, Turbo just compresses the normal page through an Opera Server but the rendering is still done on the device. Usually not a big deal if you have a newer WM phone, but for me with an old HTC TyTn (Hermes) Opera Mini is way faster because the rendering takes a lot of CPU.