The CTIA Wireless expo in Orlando, Florida is getting ready to kick off, and Norwegian software giant Opera has already introduced the latest versions of its mobile browsers, the Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11, with brand new features for mobile users, and optimizations for use on tablet PCs.Last week, Opera announced plans to make the new browser versions available starting with this week, and it already made the move, so that its over 100 million mobile users can benefit from an enhaced experience while on the go.
The Opera Mini and Opera Mobile are currently available for users of over 3,000 devices, on most major mobile operating systems out there.
For those out of the loop, we should note that the Opera Mini 6 browser is available for J2ME, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian/S60 phones.
As for the Opera Mobile 11 browser, it can be installed and used on Android, Symbian, Windows 7 desktop (labs release), MeeGo (labs release) and Maemo (labs release) platforms.
Some of the main features of the new releases of these applications would include:
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.
Pinch-to-zoomFeel free to twist and shout now that Opera’s features include true pinch-to-zoom on devices that support pinch.
SharingWhen 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 tabletsIs 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.
For those who might not know exactly what differentiates the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers, we should note that the former takes advantage of Opera's servers to compress webpages by up to 90 percent before sending it to the handset. Thus, the browsing speed is enhanced, and the data transfer costs are lowered.
The software developer notes that the Opera Mobile browser can be used both on smartphones and tablet PCs, with support for HTML5, full, high fidelity web browsing, and with the Opera Presto browser engine that was packed with the desktop version of the application.
“If you’ve lost that loving feeling for the Web on your phone or tablet, don’t let it bring you down. Just try one of our browsers,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “The sun always shines on TV, but the Opera browser shines on more than 3000 devices.”
Download links for some of the aforementioned flavors of the two applications are available below. You can head to m.opera.com to learn more on these browsers.
Opera Mini for Java 6.0.24093
Opera Mini for Android 6.0
Opera Mini for Symbian 6.0
Opera Mini for BlackBerry 6.0.24209
Opera Mobile (Android) 11.0
Opera Mobile (Symbian/S60) 11.0
Opera Mobile (MeeGo) 11.0
Opera Mobile 11 for Windows 7