Opera Mini for iPad to be shown off at next week's Mobile World Congress

Opera is expected to demonstrate a new version of their web browser for tablet devices running Google's Android software alongside an updated Opera Mini for the iPhone application with full compatibility for the iPad.

In a post on the company's website today, Opera says they'll be demonstrating the mobile web browser of the future at the Mobile World Congress, arguably the world's biggest mobile technology event which will be held in Barcelona from the 14th to the 17th of February.

"Our developers have been hard at work building the mobile browser of the future — for both consumers and mobile operators,” Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software said in a statement today.

“We want our browser to impact lives in a meaningful way. It’s one reason we use mostly renewable resources to power Opera Mini’s servers. It’s why we make it light, so you don’t have to recharge your battery every few hours. It’s why Opera Mini and Opera Mobile can help operators reduce the bandwidth that clogs their networks. A browser may never change the world, but we’ll never stop trying to.”

As part of Opera's vision for the future, the company has confirmed that Opera Mini for iPhone will soon support Apple's tablet sensation, the iPad. While a release date has yet to be announced and any iPad-specific details shared, Opera says an iPad edition of the browser "will appear" at the event -- hinting it'll launch sooner rather than later.

Also expected to debut is the Opera browser for Android tablets, which was teased in early January but has so far remained under wraps. At the time Opera said the browser had been re-imagined with a tablet device in mind, and promoted the "smooth panning" and "smooth zooming" users can experience when using the browser.

Opera also announced more than 100 million users worldwide rely on their web browser on mobile devices -- with more than 90 million using Opera Mini each month and 15 million relying on Opera Mobile for their web browsing needs.

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