Opera Mini for Android update: support for high-resolution screens

We are releasing a new build with some fixes and full support for xhdpi screens that are becoming prevalent in newer devices. We’re looking at you phablets!

If you are reading this blog using Opera Mini on a fancy, extra large full-HD Super Amoled device, get the new build now and you won’t have to get your fingertips surgically modified to press tiny buttons.

We are also fixing an issue reported by some users living on the bleeding edge of Android development. This is about Art (Android Runtime) support.

With the introduction of Android 4.4 (KitKat), Google added a new runtime option to address some of the performance issues that have been affecting the current runtime. Unlike Dalvik (the current just-in-time compiler), Art compiles ahead of time, with the expectations that applications will open and execute faster.

Opera Mini needed a few tweaks to run flawlessly on Art. The new build we’re rolling out today has those tweaks. So, if you are taking your device to the limits, Opera Mini can be with you all the way.

We have also fixed several issues related to right-to-Left languages, along with many smaller fixes to keep things running smoothly.

Have fun with the updated Opera Mini for Android!

  • Philip

    Opera Link “synchronizing your data…” seems to never complete. Help?

  • NoName

    Goods news :)

    All links in the post is going to the java version, not Android.

    • Christian Uribe

      Hi!
      Thanks! and thanks for the comment. If you go to those links using your android device, you will be automatically redirected to the correct download page, in your case, to the android version, and from there to the Play Store.

      • NoName

        I use my desktop client, which I also use to install Android apps, as it is way easier.

        When I go to the mini site, I get confused. All I see is featurephones with the Java version (using a whole other UI design, at least for now). No indication of the Android(or iOS) version of Opera Mini. So I just assume, that it’s the wrong page I’m on.
        In the top bar, I see “Opera for Android”, and think that it might be under there instead, which it isn’t. It’s a bit confusing.

        If you had Java/Android/iOS links directly on the site, it would be no problem.

        • Christian Uribe

          NoName SideLoading is not really the recommended way, as then we may have an issue getting the right data to populate some of the headers like user agent, device info etc.

          However, if this is important to you (or the only way to load your apps) you can still find this (and all current versions) at http://www.opera.com/mobile/download/versions/

          • NoName

            It was just a FYI comment. Personally I don’t have a problem with it, but it might confuse other people.

            My point is, that the “Opera Mini” site is not showing anything about Android/iOS, until you choose to press Download.
            Why would you press the Download button in the first place, if you don’t have a featurephone as showed?

            A lot of people are confused by your product names already. This site does not help to explain, what kind of devices Opera Mini is targeting.

            Edit:
            By “Download” I mean the “Visit m.opera.com on your phone to download.” link.

  • João Gonçalves

    No love for Symbian?

  • NightMayor

    Hey, are you guys planning to release an app for Opera Mini on Firefox OS? I’m planning to buy one when the phone hits my market. =)

  • https://vivaldi.net/unity/profile/chas4/6-blog Chas4

    iOS app getting the same updates that Android has?