Opera Mini 5 Beta for Android

By  |  Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 8:26 am

Opera has released a beta of its Opera Mini 5 browser for Google’s Android OS. Mini’s signature feature is the way it caches and compresses Web pages on the server side so they’re relatively snappy on a phone even via a sluggish wireless connection. As its name suggests, Mini started out as a pretty basic browser, but version 5 is full-featured for a phone browsser: It’s got tabs, a password manager, and Opera’s Speed Dial feature that provides one-click access to favorite sites.

In my brief time with Mini 5 so far on a Verizon Droid, it felt fast but not strikingly faster than the standard Android browser (an experience which PCMag.com’s Sean Ludwig also encountered). Formatting is never as faithful as in the stock browser, and some of the sites I visited with the beta looked just plain wonky. But on the plus side, Mini let me get into one Web site–the back-end part of WordPress.com I use to update Technologizer–which I haven’t been able to access with the bundled Android browser.

Worth a look if you’re a browser buff with an Android phone (and I’m glad that Android users have the option of choosing Mini–here’s hoping that iPhone owners get to choose, too).

 
52 Comments


Read more: , , ,

45 Comments For This Post

  1. goodboy11 Says:

    Worth a look if you’re a browser buff with an Android phone (and I’m glad that Android users have the option of choosing Mini–here’s hoping that iPhone Louis Vuitton owners get to choose, too).

  2. yao Says:

    I have never read something like this.
    I will reweet this to my twitter.
    Thanks for your sharing.
    Great post.

  3. mahmoud Says:

    Hi

  4. spray foam Says:

    Nice site. Good job.

  5. starcraft Says:

    I would care to thank you for the movements you make successful in writing this article. I am desiring the same best work Quotes early as better.

  6. Russell Says:

    I have a blog myself. I think what you are doing is great. Keep up your great reporting.

  7. Jones Says:

    I'd consider myself pretty darn savvy on this subject in general but sure enough I wasn't aware of this! Keep up the great work and research! We appreciate your efforts!

  8. web designer Says:

    I’ve acquired some good views here. This is what I’m supposed to read on. You gave me some important tips. Thank you. Keep on posting interesting article.

  9. buy books cheap Says:

    This article is very interesting and definitely worth sharing. Thank You!

  10. Jackson Coletti Says:

    Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and will often come back later on. I want to encourage that you continue your great posts, have a nice afternoon! Chicago internet marketing | Jackson Coletti

  11. Jack Rivera Says:

    The information provided in this post is worth reading and sharing. Overall, it's an excellent article! Thanks.

    alcohol detox symptoms

  12. Jared Johnson Says:

    A very articulate post worth commenting and sharing. Enjoyed reading some of your articles. what is erp

  13. Jacelyn Cecot Says:

    Thanks for one's marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and may come back at some point. I want to encourage one to continue your great job, have a nice day! Chicago SEO | Jacelyn Cecot

  14. Bud Seiwell Says:

    I love what you guys are up too. This type of clever work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I've you guys to blogroll. Houses for Sale in Skokie | Bud Seiwell

  15. Jeffrey Willington Says:

    Just surfing the web for what's new and commenting on some topics I find interesting. Cheers!
    simple wedding gowns

  16. Web Design Says:

    very interesting and definitely worth sharing. Thank You!

  17. Nicolle Mari Says:

    I am curious to find out what blog platform you're using? I'm having some minor security issues with my latest site and I would like to find something more safeguarded. Do you have any solutions? does p90x really work | Nicolle Mari

  18. Photography Jobs Says:

    All the contents you mentioned in post is too good and can be very useful. I will keep it in mind, thanks for sharing the information keep updating, looking forward for more posts. Thanks
    Photography jobs

  19. AntionetteLaurendeau Says:

    Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I'm still new to everything. Do you have any points for novice blog writers? I'd definitely appreciate it.
    herpeset | Antionette Laurendeau

  20. Attic Ladder Reviews Says:

    Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this blog. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s tough to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appearance. I must say that you’ve done a great job with this. In addition, the blog loads super quick for me on Opera. Exceptional Blog! Thanks! Attic Ladder Reviews | Idalia Rebusi

  21. used safes for sale Says:

    Opera’s Speed Dial feature that provides one-click access to favorite sites.used safes for sale

  22. Green Building Says:

    the slider progress bar and in the buffering overlay.Green Building Consultants

  23. Fuel Gel Lawsuit Says:

    valuable and excellent design, as share good stuff with good ideas and concepts, lots of great information and inspiration. Thanks for the great information.
    Fuel Gel Lawsuit

  24. Removable Pool Fence Says:

    site and I would like to find something more safeguarded.Removable Pool Fence

  25. Flash Website Says:

    It's really impressive. I'm truly grateful and really impressed.

  26. Zimmer Knee Lawyers Says:

    As i usually preferred to publish in my site something comparable yours somehow you’ve done several perfect details here. I probably did seek within these types of subject but also discovered many guys may agree on your web site.Good work!
    Zimmer Knee Lawyers

  27. family vacations Says:

    This was a great post, I hope you will write some more of these in the future…

    family vacations

  28. bankruptcy help Says:

    I have been checking out many of your articles and it’s pretty nice stuff. I will surely bookmark your site.

    bankruptcy help

  29. Braun series 3340 Says:

    Love the features of my new android phone. Thanks for keeping us posted on browser updates for Android.

  30. Jessica Hoffman Says:

    Thanks for sharing this interesting post about Android. I'm simply loving my new android phone right now. Hope to read more updates about Opera Mini Braun Series 3390cc Review

  31. lorina21 Says:

    I am really like this info in this blog that to sharing the nice info in this blog. Thanks a lot for providing the nice info in this blog.

    westwood real estate

  32. lorina21 Says:

    Great info. I like all your post. I will keep visiting this blog very often. It is good to see you verbalize from the heart and your clarity on this important subject can be easily observed.

    santa barbara real estate

  33. lorina21 Says:

    Great info. I like all your post. I will keep visiting this blog very often. It is good to see you verbalize from the heart and your clarity on this important subject can be easily observed.

    santa monica real estate

  34. Digital Says:

    It’s got tabs, a password manager, and Opera’s Speed Dial feature that pr

  35. auto insurance cost Says:

    I haven't tried the Opera browser on the Android yet but I hope it's better than the Dolphin. The Dolphin kind of lags up when there are three or more tabs opened.

  36. Company Logo Design Says:

    Thanks for such an informative article and the extensive explanation, it's been very useful.
    Many thanks for your educational document.

  37. Jailbreak iPhone 4S Says:

    Opera Mini is the best mobile browser if you are on limited data tariff. The things I don't like is Opera mini startup time but everything else is nice and smooth.

  38. Annual Insurance Says:

    good news for android phones, really helpful post…

  39. reny Says:

    yeah it's my first time here. I think I love it. pmp certification test PMP exam questions

  40. keving Says:

    I am actually an android user and yes I do love this opera mini 5 because it's easier to use and user-friendly. i have no problem with it so far. boiler repair indiana

  41. leah Says:

    Hi, good post. I have been woondering about this issue,so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be coming back to your site. esl teaching jobs | esl online classes .

  42. Rhoda Says:

    well, I think that would be it. I thank God for sharing you this opera mini 5 beta for android. PMP Certification Denver PMP Certification Philadelphia

  43. Black Mold Says:

    It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few fascinating things or tips. Perhaps you can write next articles regarding this article. I desire to read even more issues about it!

  44. Water Damage Says:

    Thanks , I have recently been looking for information about this topic for a while and yours is the best I’ve found out till now. However, what about the conclusion? Are you certain about the source?|What i do not realize is if truth be told how you’re not actually much more well-appreciated than you might be right now. You are very intelligent.

  45. Discoloration Says:

    Hey Very cool site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds additionally? I am happy to search out so many helpful information here within the submit, we want develop extra techniques in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

7 Trackbacks For This Post

  1. First Impressions: Opera Mini on the iPhone Says:

    [...] enough to try multiple browsers before settling on one if they so choose. Just as they get to do on Android and just about every other platform, mobile or [...]

  2. Firefox Arrives on Android Says:

    [...] When they say it’s pre-alpha, they’re not being self-effacing–it’s pretty rough. On my Droid, at least, I couldn’t even get the on-screen keyboard to pop up. But it’s in decent enough shape to whet the appetite. And it’ll be great if the browser race on Android is anywhere near as exuberantly competitive as it is on Windows and OS X. (I’m already a part-time user of Opera Mini for Android.) [...]

  3. Firefox Lands on Android | Findtechnews.net Blogs Says:

    [...] When they say it’s pre-alpha, they’re not being self-effacing-it’s pretty rough. On my Droid, at least, I couldn’t even get the on-screen keyboard to pop up. But it’s in decent enough shape to whet the appetite. And it’ll be great if the browser race on Android is anywhere near as exuberantly competitive as it is on Windows and OS X. (I’m already a part-time user of Opera Mini for Android.) [...]

  4. Firefox Lands on Android | Find Tech News Says:

    [...] When they say it’s pre-alpha, they’re not being self-effacing-it’s pretty rough. On my Droid, at least, I couldn’t even get the on-screen keyboard to pop up. But it’s in decent enough shape to whet the appetite. And it’ll be great if the browser race on Android is anywhere near as exuberantly competitive as it is on Windows and OS X. (I’m already a part-time user of Opera Mini for Android.) [...]

  5. Skyfire: Flash Video on Android, Right Now Says:

    [...] Opera Mini, earlier versions of Skyfire for Windows Mobile and Symbian were proxy browsers that compressed Web [...]

  6. Cherish Today | jennyp149 Says:

    [...] information: more information This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. ← Water Treatment [...]

  7. Lindsay’s Alleged Victim Will Refuse to Cooperate | Kaka4prez83's Blog Says:

    [...] Millen greg mcelroy turkey pot pie recipe nick brooks This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. ← Lindsay Lohan — I [...]