Opera releases Opera Mini 5.1 update

Opera has updated their Opera Mini mobile web browser today, with a focus on improving the browsing experience on lower-end mobile phones.

Opera Mini is one of the leading mobile phone web browsers for lower-end devices, and makes use of compression technology which reduces file sizes by up to 90 per cent, cutting data costs which at times can be exorbitant. According to Opera CEO Lars Boilesen, more than 61 million people on over 3000 different devices now use Mini for browsing on their mobile phone.

While this latest update may seem rather lackluster when compared to the much bigger 5.0 update which arrived earlier this year, Opera Mini 5.1 makes a number of improvements including an increased browsing speed on phones with limited memory, faster scrolling of web pages, and an overall improvement in browsing performance. There's also a new skin for the browser, which allows more pages to be open at the same time than before.

Opera says the update is "highly recommended" for those with devices that have especially limited memory, including the Nokia S40 feature phones such as  the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, Nokia 6300 and Nokia 2700 handsets, or a small screen size, like the Sony Ericsson K550i and Sony Ericsson W810i. 

To download the updated version of Mini, which works on Java phones, Windows Mobile, Android, S60, Blackberry and iPhone devices, simply visit http://m.opera.com on your device.

Update: The update is only available for Java phones and Symbian devices at the moment - according to a Opera spokesperson, the update is not necessary for smartphones or high end devices.

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Pointless for me Emailed opera ages ago and they said they will remove the stupid virtual keypad on my phone that comes up on apps... They said it will be fixed on the next release... But nope

Although i don't own any (I)smartphone yet they should really just push the update for the high end device first..simply because more and more people are willing to browse on bigger screen like HTC or iphone instead of regular mobile phone.

IphoneMini said,
Although i don't own any (I)smartphone yet they should really just push the update for the high end device first..simply because more and more people are willing to browse on bigger screen like HTC or iphone instead of regular mobile phone.

You are missing the point Opera Mini was created with the goal of providing speedy and high quality browsing experience on lower end phones and it is these phones that made what Opera Mini is today, not Android phones or Iphones. Opera Mobile is the one intended at high end devices and available for a long time on Symbian and Windows Mobile. Since Apple doesn't allow a full fledged browser on iOS they released Mini for Iphone.

Just installed on my Nokia 5530, still unable to change the search engine by clicking on the search field on Speed Dial page.