Opera Mini goes native on Windows Mobile phones

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 04, 2010

Opera Software has launched a native version of Opera Mini 5 beta for Windows Mobile 5- and 6-based handsets. With this move the company is able to deliver an optimized version of the popular browser that improves performance and the overall user experience. While Opera Mini traditionally requires Java, the new Windows Mobile version does not, which means that the browser will work on any Windows Mobile phone.

The Opera Mini 5 beta for Windows Mobile includes the same rich feature set as the Java-based version. Renowned features, including tabbed browsing, the password manager, bookmarks and Speed Dial, are built-in to deliver convenience while on-the-go.

"Even though Opera has 50 million satisfied Opera Mini users, we always seek ways to improve our browser for each and every mobile phone user out there. Now, we are pleased to offer the world’s most popular mobile Web browser as a native Windows Mobile application," said Dag Olav Norem, VP-Products, Opera Software.

One of the browser’s major benefits is that it compresses data traffic by up to 90 percent, resulting in significantly improved page-loading and speed. This results in a reduced data load, which can translate to lower browsing costs when on a pay-per-MB data plan or when on expensive roaming.