Opera for Phones Refreshed – Opera Mini 5.1 and Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta Released
After polishing up their desktop offering, Opera Software has turned their attention towards their mobile offerings. Here are some of the updates released have been pushed through over the past few days:
i) Opera Mini 5.1 for Java and S40 Phones: While Opera Mini 5 was a dramatic improvement over Opera Mini 4, the new features came at a cost. Many devices, which were previously compatible with Opera Mini, failed to run O Mini 5. Numerous others complained about running out of memory. Opera Mini 5.1 tries to fix these issues and makes it compatible with more than 3000 handsets. This release also includes a refined skin with improved tab handling.
ii) Opera Mini 5.1 for Android: Yesterday, Opera released Opera Mini 5.1 for Android. Android phones are touchscreen devices meant to be used without a stylus. Unfortunately, this can sometimes make accurately pressing tiny buttons (e.g. close tab button) really tricky. The new Opera Mini has a slightly modified skin which makes switching between tabs and closing tabs easier. Font rendering while zoomed out has also been improved. And oh yeah, you can finally set Opera Mini as a default browser, without relying on 3rd party apps.
iv) Opera Mobile 10.1 Unofficial Build for Maemo: Earlier on, I had written about an unofficial port of Opera Mobile for Maemo being developed by some Opera employees. The good news is that even without the official stamp of recommendation, the project has been making steady progress. A short while ago, Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta for Maemo driven devices (N800 and N900) was released. Besides fixing numerous bugs, this build also updates the codebase to Opera Mobile 10.1. As a result, Maemo users also can enjoy all the latest goodies including Carakan and Geolocation. As an added bonus, this release also supports JIT.