Mar 29, 2012
Opera has released a new major version of their Opera Mini browser, with version 7 now released. This web browser is designed to save on bandwidth and processing speed, by loading and rendering pages on Opera’s servers instead of on the user’s device, and then delivering them to the user. Opera claims that up to 90% of the original data from a website is trimmed in this process of delivering it pre-rendered to users, saving on pricey (and increasingly tiered) data plans. Even the app is designed to save on bandwidth, with a file size under one megabyte. Version 7 in particular includes improved hardware acceleration, allowing for improved hardware acceleration. The limit on number of Speed Dial pages at launch has been raised, from a paltry 9 to a less-paltry hypothetically-unlimited number! Opera Mini version 7 is now available on Google Play. For those who want the Opera interface but not the cloud-based web page processing, there’s also Opera Mobile, which does all the rendering locally.