New features make Opera Max more seamless

Here at Opera, we’ve been listening  to your feedback about our latest beta Opera Max for Android. Opera Max is an easy-to-use data-savings app that can double your data plan for free. Grab your copy in the Google Play store and start saving data.

The beta is live in 46 countries. Join others who are maximizing their mobile data plan in our Opera Max Google Plus community. In the community, you can let us know what you like and what we can improve on.

Opera-Max-monthly-savingsIn the meantime, we are continuing to refine Opera Max based on your feedback. Here’s what’s in the new update:

  • A new share option in the main menu lets you brag about how smart you are with data savings to all your friends. Send them your saving stats via text or attach a screenshot with a tap.
  • We made a Disconnect button in main menu so you can easily turn off the VPN in-tray notification. Toggling this button closes the app and associated VPN connection.
  • Now, the app includes an Do not show again option to the Turn savings on startup screen. Checking the box lets you opt out of reminders when you reboot your phone.
  • The app’s welcome screen includes a prediction of how much data you can save based on the apps that are running on your phone.
  • Opera Max now supports more languages.  The app is translated to: Polish, Norwegian, Spanish, German, and French.
  • We are adding even more useful stats and details to the timeline. Opera Max displays background data stats between the timeline card entries.
  • We streamlined our bug report process and added a short survey should you choose to uninstall the beta. Your feedback means a lot to us! It guides our decisions on how to improve future releases.
  • Additionally, several key stability and performance bug fixes are included in this release.

We hope you enjoy this update. We look forward to maximizing your data.

6 reasons why I love the new Opera Mini for iPhone

I’ve been playing around with the new Opera Mini browser for iPhone and iPad lately. It’s fun. Some features make it stand out in the crowd. Here are my favorite Opera Mini tips and tricks that you might find helpful. 

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Enjoy!

1) Highlight and search – a search is only a tap away. All you need to do is select the text and

pick “search”. This is a really nice feature that is growing on me because being able to search within the article you read is unique to Opera. This makes searching faster.

2) Fast scroll on pages - Scrolling has become super fast! With a single swipe you’ll be able to scroll pages faster than other mobile browsers. Navigation on long pages is a lot easier.

3) Switch search engine – this is pretty cool. Opera Mini allows you to pick which search engine to use. The default one is Google. But you can change this to direct search in Wikipedia, eBay, Dictionary.com, iMDb or Amazon. No need for detours while making a search. Much smarter.

Get it for free: Download Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad.
See the video: New Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad.

4) QR code functions – For those of us that still use QR codes, this is a cool feature. Opera operamini_blogMini comes with a built-in QR-code reader with sharing functionality. Imagine how easy it will be to share  a link with someone who’s not your contact. Geeky, but cool.

5) Virtual Joystick – Have you tried to edit a link in the tiny address field of an iPhone? You must have tiny fingers to be able to touch it. But not anymore. In new Opera Mini, we have something called  a virtual joystick. The special slider control that allows moving cursor around the address field.

6) Pull to search – another really neat feature is
the “pull to search” functionality (only available for iPhone and iPod touch). While you are on the Speed Dial panel just swipe down and the cursor magically flies into the address field – which means that you never needs to click on the url field again.

There are many more exciting features in Opera Mini. What’s your favorite?

Share content with Air Drop in the new Opera Coast

Opera Coast for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches moves to version 3.10 today.

AirDrop support
In this version, we’ve added AirDrop functionality. You can try it out in our list of sharing options located in your recent sites. If you need to send an interesting find quickly to a nearby friend, simply tap the arrow on a recent site to share it with AirDrop.
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You can also share images with AirDrop by long-pressing the pic and tapping the AirDrop icon.
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Better iCloud syncing
If you alternate between your iPhone and iPad while browsing, then you’ll be happy to know that we’ve improved Opera Coast’s iCloud syncing. Your devices will now share the last page you viewed. We are also syncing passwords via Keychain on iCloud. Keychain is disabled by default. You can enable it in your devices’ settings. Go to Settings > iCloud > Keychain. From there you can toggle Keychain on or off.

Updated iPad search
iPad search now has the same functionality and look as iPhone. You can now pull down anywhere on the home screen to open search!
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Enjoy the updated Opera Coast.
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Opera Travel Tips: Six ways to save mobile data while travelling abroad

Summer. The time of the year when journalists across the world give you advice on how to save mobile data and avoid horrific phone bills when checking email and Facebook abroad. I made a list on how you best can save mobile data while roaming.

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I’ve added a few pointers that tech-journalists often forget to write about. I hope you’ll like it. Let me know if I’ve forgotten something.

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1) Download Opera Mini – get yourself a mobile browser that saves  you money. The Opera Mini browser compresses data, and can save up to 90% of data traffic. Just get it!

2) Download Opera Max beta – if you have Android 4.0 or above, get Opera Max. This app compresses on almost all data, including video, and lets you control which apps are allowed to use data.

3)  Preload internet pages – a feature in Opera Mini is called “Saved pages”. It’s handy while on the go. It allows you to save articles on your so you can read them offline. A huge bonus if you are travelling places with poor connections, or just want to save data.

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4) Turn off data roaming – Not my favorite tip, since I never like to turn internet access off. If you absolutely want to avoid those huge roaming bills abroad – this is the way to go. Just make sure to switch off data roaming, and limit any internet joy to WIFI-networks.

5) Disable updates and notification – if you decide to have data on, turn off all automatic app updates and notifications. Otherwise, that 150 MB update can be very pricey if you don’t change the setting when traveling abroad.

6) Automatic image upload – Dropbox, Facebook or Google Plus can automatically sync with images taken with your phone. Change these settings immediately to off. This is easy to forget about. Adjust your settings so the automatic image upload only happens while you are connected to WIFI.

Safe travels, and happy internet surfing on the go!

Opera Mini for iOS: How to activate single column view

We’ve updated Opera Mini for iOS to version 8.0.1, which includes stabilization improvements and a few bug fixes. The most visible change should be good news for those of you using Opera Mini on iPhone and iPod Touch: single column view is back.

Single column view transforms webpages to fit the screen width. This way, you don’t have to scroll left or right.

Single column view is available when your
Data Savings mode is set to Opera Mini. Here’s how you can activate it:
1. Set your Data Savings mode to Opera Mini
2. Tap Advanced Settings
3. Toggle on Single Column Viewhow-to-activate-single-column-view-opera-mini-for-ios

Try the new Opera Mini for iOS, and, if you’re up for it, leave us a comment. We’d like your feedback. :)

Got Java? Opera Mini update for Java phones

Are you using a BlackBerry, Nokia, Samsung, or other basic phone with Java?

Today, we’re rolling an updated Opera Mini browser for Java phones. This update is not automatic. So, current users please head over to m.opera.com to get the latest version.

Some of the new stuff in this update:
- It’s now faster to install Opera Mini on BlackBerry phones.
- If you’re on a BlackBerry phone and you’ve had problems with line breaks after hitting Enter,  we’re happy to report that this issue has now been fixed.
- You can now use Opera Mini on a ZTE P80 phone.

And, here’s a little extra for Nokia users: if you’ve lost track of your phone folders and can’t find where Opera Mini is, this page can help. :)

Opera Mini is the handiest mobile browser when you’re on the go. It helps you get online faster, even when your internet connection is poor, and it saves you mobile data.

If you haven’t tried Opera Mini yet, you can get it here.
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How to cut your roaming bills

Have you heard? As of July 1, if you are travelling to a country in the European Union, then you’ll be paying €0.25 less for browsing or data roaming. Check out this price drop featured in the official announcement of the European Commission:
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The member states of the European Union are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. If you’re about to go on a holiday in one of these areas, then this is great news for you.

But, wait – there’s more. What if we were to tell you that we can help cut even more of your roaming bill?  And if you’re travelling outside the European Union, then this is also for you. Here’s how you can enjoy your trip with fewer worries about those huge data bills:

1. Get Opera Mini. It’s free.
Whether you are using the latest smartphone or an older mass-market model, Opera Mini can be your best travel buddy. Opera Mini compresses the size of the websites you visit – by up to 90% – so you can browse online without the risk of using too much data. If you’re using an iPhone, you can even choose which compression mode is best for you.
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2. Try Opera Max. It’s also free.
If you’re on an Android and have a bunch of apps, then Opera Max is perfect for you. It crunches down the size of videos, photos and text across most of your phone’s apps. It is the only data-compression app that also compresses videos. In addition, Opera Max allows you to manage your apps, allowing you to choose which apps can use mobile data. It’s available as a beta version on Google Play in Belarus, Brazil, Canada, the CIS countries, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, USA and Western Europe, and we’re working to expand availability in other countries. You can also get the Opera Max test build here.operamaxtravel

#CoastandShare

Opera Coast is the perfect browser to chill out with on the couch on a lazy night. But, you know what else it’s perfect for? Adventure.

A group of amazing vloggers have gotten together to show the world how they use Opera Coast to explore. Check out one of these videos – Jenn Mack and her Hawaii Vacation Vlog:

Want to join in the fun? The Coast and Share contest is in full swing, and there are plenty of ways for you to get involved.

We’re giving away iPhones, iPad Minis, travel chargers and more to over 100 winners – all you have to do is show us how you use Opera Coast. It can be as crazy as skydiving or as simple as going to the grocery store. Join in the fun by using the hashtag #CoastandShare!

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Watch: Google Hangout with Opera Max product lead Sergey Lossev

Recently, we hosted hosted a Google Hangout featuring Sergey Lossev, Lead Developer for Opera Max. More than 5,000 of our Google+, Facebook and YouTube followers joined the discussion. Thanks!

Sergey presented Opera Max, answered questions regarding current and future plans and took suggestions and comments.

You can see the a recap of the Hangout here:

We love interacting with our users face-to-face. Which of our products would motivate you to join a Hangout?

Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad: A complete makeover

Get going with the all new Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad! It comes with a completely new look. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll see what a great fit it is for your iOS device. And, don’t worry, it still comes with Opera Mini’s popular compression technology that saves you mobile data.

Opera-Mini-for-iOs-get-it-nowChoose which compression mode is best for you:
1. Opera Mini mode is the classic mode, which helps you achieve up to 90% savings.
2. Opera Turbo mode provides a full web experience while still saving you data. It saves you up to 50%.

From themes to the Discover feature, take a peek at the new Opera Mini for iOS:

It’s free. Get Opera Mini from the App Store.
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