Good news, Lovers of tiny browsers with super-fast load times can rejoice now. The all new ‘Opera Mini 6’ and ‘Opera Mobile 11’ have just been launched by Opera for 7 major platforms, namely: Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows 7, MeeGo, iOS, and Java / J2ME. Opera Mini and Opera Mobile are very popular and highly-optimized browsers which work across a broad range of devices and mobile operating systems.
So, what’s the difference between Opera Mini and Opera Mobile? To make a long story short, Opera Mini is meant for less powerful phones , while Opera Mobile is aimed at powerful smartphones like the Android phones.
Opera Mini was originally developed for budget phones, which didn’t meet the hardware and software requirements of Opera Mobile. In Opera Mini, the webpage is sent to Opera’s server first, where all the rendering is done, and a static and highly compressed representation of the page is sent to the browser. The data transfer is now smaller, so it will load faster and cut the price you pay (since it’s less data)! ( However, some complex Web pages may not work optimally in this way. Opera Mobile also has an optional service called Opera Turbo to compresses Web pages and makes it cheaper to browse, but it is not required)
Opera Mobile is Opera Software’s full-fledged mobile browser, which gives you the whole of the moon on smartphones and tablets. The strange magic of HTML5? Check. Full, high fidelity web browsing? Check. Sharing the same Opera Presto browser engine found in Opera’s desktop browser to download and display websites, the Opera Mobile browser is the premier option for fast, powerful browsing when on unlimited Internet data plans or Wi-Fi.
What’s new in Opera Mini 6 & Opera Mobile 11?
- Smooth operator
Improved scrolling, panning and zooming make the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers the sweetest thing to hit mobile devices since the Opera Mini 5 browser.
Feel free to twist and shout now that Opera’s features include true pinch-to-zoom on devices that support pinch.
When you find something, let it be … shared. The new versions feature a share button, so you can easily post, Tweet (twiddly-diddly-deet), or just shout it out loud on Facebook, vKontakte or My Opera.
- Now also optimized for tablets
Is it any wonder? Opera for tablets brings smooth browsing to your tablet PC with a brand new interface that is sure to rock you like a hurricane.
- The Opera Mini 6 browser brings the fireworks to J2ME, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian/S60 phones.
- The Opera Mobile 11 browser sings hallelujah on the Android, Symbian, Windows 7 desktop (labs release), MeeGo (labs release) and Maemo (labs release) platforms.
You can download either of the free browsers by heading over to m.opera.com on your mobile browser. Or you can also download them on to your PC from this link.
There is still no updated Opera Mini 6 & Opera Mobile 11 for the iPhone, and no update for Windows Mobile. The iPhone version may or may not be pending approval, but the Windows Mobile version …. Well did you try Opera Mini 6/Opera Mobile 11? Do tell us your experience below.