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Opera refreshes Mini browser for Android

14 April, 2015 2:03 PM
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Opera Mini for Android has got a new user interface and few other features in the latest update. The update aims to save mobile data consumption by constricting webpages to as little as 10 percent of the original size.

Opera Mini incorporates an always-on data saving mode that compresses data aggressively and it manages to do so without breaking the layout of most websites, but sites will look a bit sparser than usual because Opera's proxies strips out some web fonts and design elements in order to save bandwidth.

The regular Opera browser for Android also has a similar "turbo" mode, but it is a bit more conservative in its approach.

Opera only offers its Mini browser and the more experimental Coast browser on Apple's iOS platform, but not its standard Opera browser.

The new Android version has a redesigned Speed Dial, support for private browsing and the ability to customize the browser's layout for what Opera describes as "more thumb-friendly surfing." The browser also features Opera's Discover feed that highlights popular stories around the web.

The company aims to bring Opera's reach on Android to 275 million users by 2017, up from about 130 million today, Opera CEO Lars Boilesen said.

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