Do you have an Asha phone? Here’s some good news!

Using a basic Microsoft phone or Asha phone, or thinking of getting one? We’re happy to announce that Opera Mini is now the default browser for Microsoft basic phones and Asha phones.

What does this mean for you?
Now, you can save money while using your phone to browse the internet. With Opera Mini’s data-compression technology, you can save up to 90% on data usage.
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If you already have a basic Microsoft phone or Asha phone, you will get a notification within the next few months to help you upgrade your phone browser to Opera Mini.

Or, get it now here.

Enjoy browsing with Opera Mini!

Give your browser a personal touch with themes

Everyone is different, and their browser should reflect this. If you want to use an image you have on your computer as a theme, you can use the theme manager to create your own.

  1. Select View > Show Themes.
  2. Click Create your theme on the sidebar.
  3. Type a name, select an image, and choose the image’s alignment and font treatment for how you’d like your theme to display.
  4. Click Create.

Bam! Your image is now your browser’s theme. Use a picture that takes you down memory lane or one that just makes you laugh.

We used an image of a couple people BASE jumping off the side of a mountain in Kjerag, Norway. If you haven’t seen the epic video that we made during the photoshoot, check it out here.

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Use one of our favorite themes
Don’t care to add your own image? We have plenty of images that you can use instead. From our default themes, we’ve chosen an awesome picture of a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

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To change background themes, all you need to do is click View→Show themes. Then click Get more themes and pick and choose from a list of images we love. This updates the background theme to your choice on everything from your speed dial, to your preferences page.

Can’t get enough? Check out the Opera add-ons catalog for more sweet themes.

Download Opera for Windows and Mac.

Opera Max lands in Turkey for Android users

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We continue to roll out Opera Max to new countries. This time, Turkish Android users no longer have to worry about exceeding their data plans before the end of the month. Opera Max, the new, free data-savings app for Android that shrinks videos and photos on almost any app on your phone, is now available in Turkey.

Download Opera Max for free and start saving data!
Opera Max not yet available in your country? Try the test version of Opera Max now!

Read more about the latest release of Opera Max.

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Thanks to Opera Max’s unique compression technology, Turkish users can now extend the life of their data plans by up to 50%. The app adds even more value for users with pre-paid data plans, paying per megabyte of use, or roaming internationally, as they will be able to watch more video, browse more sites and simply make the most of their limited plans, all for free.

Through Opera Max’s timeline of app usage and savings, users can get more control over the data they consume, keep track of their savings and even block particular apps from using mobile data, restricting them to Wi-Fi only.

This is how Opera Max works
Once a user installs Opera Max, the app starts rerouting all data traffic on the mobile device to the Opera data-savings cloud, using a virtual private network (VPN). All non-encrypted data requests (excluding websites and apps with HTTPS connections) are sent through Opera’s servers, which compress video, images and websites to use less data.

Opera Max is available as a free download on Google Play for smartphones running Android 4.0 or above.Download it today and start saving data!

Opera Mini for iOS: Text wrap and zoom options

Opera Mini for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad moves to version 8.0.2 today.

In this new version, we’ve placed the text wrap and zoom options back into the app. Here’s how you can activate them on your iPhone and iPod Touch:
1. Set Data Savings mode to Opera Mini.
2. Tap Advanced Settings.
3. For zoom: drag the Zoom slider to your preferred settings.
4. For text wrap: Toggle on Text Wrap.

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data-savings-menu-done-button-opera-miniYou’ll also notice we’ve added a Done button in the data savings menu. Before, you had to tap < Menu from the Data Savings settings to go back to the main menu and then tap Close to go back to the page you were visiting. Now, it’s quicker. You just tap Done to close the data savings settings, and you’re back to the page you’re browsing.

This version’s changelog includes the following updates:
- Improved various UI elements
- Tweaked pop-up blocker
- Reduced memory usage
- Limited page reloading
- Fixed minor stability and performance issues

If you haven’t downloaded Opera Mini for your iPhone and iPad yet, you should, today. Browsing with Opera Mini is not only enjoyable, it can also help you save some cash. Try the different data savings options to see what works best for you:
1. Opera Mini mode is the classic mode, which helps you get up to 90% savings. Great to use when you’re on the go and when connections are slow.
2. Opera Turbo mode provides a full web experience, while still saving your data by up to 50%.

Opera Mini is available free from the App Store.

Behind the scenes of Opera Mini’s new “On the wall” video

We’ve tested Opera Mini in the most extreme situations – so you don’t have to. Our newest video “On the wall” shows that you can take Opera Mini anywhere and go online, even when your internet connection is bad. Featured in the video is Christian Koch, a Norwegian rock-climber, who is in a tent suspended off the side of a mountain wall in Kjerag, Norway, making sure Opera Mini still works.
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Arnfinn Hushovd, our Creative Director, and Espen Øverdahl, our  Brand Director, give us a look into how the idea came about and how it was executed.

People normally don’t associate extreme sports with IT companies. How did you get the idea, and why did you decide to push through with it?
AntiMedia, a small production company that we have worked with previously on our “Discover our best browser for Android” product video, came to us with the idea. They knew a rock climber with an epic beard and an itch to do something cool. To them, Opera was the browser that gets you online in all sorts of conditions. If it can work in a remote place such as the Norwegian fjords, it should be able to work almost anywhere.
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What was the most difficult part of shooting the “On the wall” video?
The most difficult part was getting the dramatic effects without staging anything. When you see that tent on the side of the mountain, it’s really there – no CGI or other manipulation was used. Luckily, we had the help of a Norwegian climbing legend, Robert Caspersen, whose team made it look easy – even though it was anything but.
In this image, that tiny red speck is the tent. The helicopter is hovering to get the perfect shot.
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How do you decide what goes into Opera videos?
We want videos that are hopefully both entertaining and educational. Our aim is to feature our products, while keeping Opera’s distinct, playful personality in the frame.

Watch the full behind-the-scenes video:

Making sure everyone’s online: Opera at Codemotion conference, Rome

Opera’s Bruce Lawson was a speaker at the recent Codemotion conference held in Rome. He talked about “How to destroy the web” – showing how bad developer practices can break the web – and sat on the Browser performance panel.

Codemotion is one of the biggest tech conferences in Europe, gathering developers and programmers from around the world in Rome, Milan, Tel Aviv and Madrid.

In a 5-minute interview, Bruce discusses how Opera helps to get everyone online, wherever they are in the world.

For some people in Bangladesh, the web can be a school when you’ve got a 5-mile walk to school. For some people in Africa, the web can be used to access health information when you can’t afford a doctor. The web really brings differences to people’s lives, and it’s important that we remember that and give those people the web.

Watch the full interview here:

Avatars, vote up function and more in Opera forums

If you want to join discussions or even start a discussion about Opera products, head on over to forums.opera.com.

We know that sometimes going to a forum can seem like going into the wilderness; you’re surrounded by questions and answers in different languages. Don’t worry. Opera forums are easy to use.

Here’s why:

We’ve categorized the discussion threads by our products so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
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But that’s not all. We’ve also made it possible for you to choose your own language. There are two language options:
1. Choose which language to use in the discussion thread.
2. Choose which language forums.opera.com will show.
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We’ve also added a voting feature. You can now vote comments up or down. Use the thumbs-up or thumbs-down buttons on the right:
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And, you can sort comments based on the votes.
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Now for all you prima donnas out there, it’s easier to choose a new avatar, either by using your own or choosing one of the 15 predefined avatars.
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Enjoy the new Opera forums experience!

Day 7: supercook.com

Today, we’re wrapping up our “7 sites in 7 days. Sharing web fun with our 7M fans” series today. And, the last featured site is sure to help you at home.

Ever been stuck in your kitchen wondering what your next meal will be? Before you order takeout or go out for more groceries, visit supercook.com to see if you can make a decent meal based on ingredients you already have at home.
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It doesn’t matter if you only have a few ingredients on hand. Click the ingredients you have, and supercook.com will give you several cooking suggestions. You can also use the site to experiment with dishes you’ve never tried. It’s the perfect companion for any kitchen. 

If you have missed any of the other posts in our “7 sites in 7 days. Sharing web fun with our 7M fans” series, you can catch up now:
Day 1 – medium.com
Day 2 – 7min.io
Day 3 – alastairhumphreys.com
Day 4 – codeclubworld.org
Day 5 – theuselessweb.com
Day 6 – Internet.org
Day 7 – supercook.com

Again, we want to send a huge “thank you” to our 7M fans on Facebook! We hope you’ve enjoyed visiting the 7 sites we’ve shared. :)

Day 6: Internet.org

We’ve reached day 6 of “7 sites in 7 days. Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”.

First, here’s a quick review of the previous five sites we’ve shared:
Day 1 – medium.com has a time signature, so you know how many minutes it will take you to read one blog post.
Day 2 – 7min.io is the site that can help you get in shape.
Day 3 – alastairhumphreys.com inspires readers to start embarking on their own “microadventures”.
Day 4 – codeclubworld.org is a volunteer-led project to open programming clubs for 9 to 11 year olds across the globe.
Day 5 – theuselessweb.com is the one of the best sites to visit if you want to have some fun on the internet.

Our featured site for day 6 is Internet.org.
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Internet.org is a global partnership of technology leaders (including Opera Software), nonprofit organizations, local communities and other experts, who have accepted the challenge of making the internet available to every person on earth. The partners who comprise Internet.org believe in the power of the connected world, a goal which aligns perfectly with Opera’s corporate vision of shaping an open, connected web.

Getting the next 5 billion online will require ongoing innovation as part of a massive global effort, and Opera’s products and product features reflect this. For example:
1. Opera Mini and its compression technology shrinks down data so users browsing on their phones can save on their phone bills.
2. Opera Max (in beta) compresses data across all Android phone apps, including video.
3. Our Opera Turbo feature and Off-Road mode are compression options that provide users with a better browsing experience, even in bad internet conditions. 

Visit Internet.org to learn more about this global initiative.

Join us again tomorrow for the last in the series of “7 sites in 7 days. Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”! :)

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.