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

Tell us your travel story, and we can help you tell it to the world!

cab_1600.jpgWe’re interested in travel, big or small. Whether you are going on a safari through the Serengeti, running with the bulls in Pamplona or just taking the metro to the outskirts of your hometown, we want to hear about it!

We’ve started this travel blog, which features the adventures of some of the best travel bloggers around the world. Everything in this travel blog will also be featured on our Facebook page with over 7 million fans.

For a chance to join in the fun and share your story, fill out this submission form.

Travelling with Opera Mini
We have this great product made for browsing on the go – Opera Mini. And, we just overhauled the the iPhone version, with a fresh look and new features. Check it out.

Opera Mini improves life on the road in two ways: it keeps you connected no matter how bad your connection is, and it reduces data-roaming costs by squeezing webpages and other content down to as little as 10% of their original size.

Use Opera Mini on your next adventure while travelling and write a story or two about your adventure. Who knows, you might be our next featured travel blogger. We hope to hear from you soon. 

A desktop celebrity: Leo Gomes

If you’re one of our Desktop blog regulars, then you’ve probably already virtually talked to Leo Gomes.

Leo  recently hit the 1000-mark in the comments section of this blog. 1000-plus comments is a lot! And, with Leo, it isn’t just a matter of quantity, but also quality –  we’re pleased with the engagement he’s shown by objectively and constructively discussing ideas with developers and users alike.

Say “Hi!” to Leo if you pass by him in the comments section. He’s the one with this avatar:
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If you’re curious, his avatar is a character from a music video by the Japanese band Scandal. It took a while before we spotted it. Can you?

A visit from Bangladesh

We just had a visit straight from Bangladesh!
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This is Silma Subah, the final winner of the iGenius contest organized by telecommunication service provider Grameenphone. A lot of students participated in this country-wide competition. Opera supported iGenius by giving away, among other prizes, phones that helped in the series of mobile internet educational activities.

iSchool winner Silma Subah with Opera Director of Partner Marketing Arjun Bhatt
iGenius winner Silma Subah with Opera Director of Partner Marketing Arjun Bhatt

Silma tells us she is thrilled to visit the Opera global HQ in Oslo, because she uses Opera Mini to get online. “Especially for Wikipedia. It’s a Speed Dial entry in my Opera Mini. It helps me a lot in school,” she adds.

Silma was joined by Grameenphone M-Commerce and Digital Service Specialist Sayma Rahman. Over lunch with some of our folks from the Marketing Department, Sayma mentioned how happy she is that she can finally put a face to the name to some of the Opera employees with whom she’s been working so closely.

Pictured in the front right: Grameenphone representative Sayma Rahman
Pictured in the front right: Grameenphone representative Sayma Rahman

Congratulations, Silma. And, lovely to meet you, Sayma. We hope you enjoyed your visit –  we sure did!

5 reasons to download the new Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad

Your favorite mobile browser is back, and it’s better than ever. Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad has dramatic feature improvements that make browsing the internet even easier, and, as always, save you data. Update your current Opera Mini iOS installation, or try it for the first time here.

Need more convincing? Here are 5 killer features that might help:

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1. Save data: Opera Mini makes pages lighter by compressing data, helping to speed up slow connections and saving you money on data. Switch between “Opera Mini” for extreme savings, and “Opera Turbo” for speed and savings. It’s great for travel!

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2. Get content: Stay informed with current events with our Discover feature. It’s your one-stop shop for any news, sports, and entertainment content, always keeping you in the know. You can easily switch between countries and interests to get the most relevant stories for you.

mini43. Save pages: Organize your favorite pages just like you organize your apps. Traveling abroad? Save travel info and pages offline, so you can access them later, without needing Wi-Fi.

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4. Browse privately: If you were worried about anyone being able to track your activity online, your worries are over. With private browsing, you can safely surf the internet as you please.

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5. Get a fresh look: Simply tap on the background to change the background theme to match your iPhone, or choose from one of our many cool background pictures.

So what are you waiting for? Download it here!

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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Opera becomes the new default browser on Nokia X

Today, Microsoft added a new member to its family of Nokia X smartphones – the Nokia X2. At the same time, we’re super excited to announce that Opera will become the new default browser to the Nokia X platform. What a great family this is turning out to be.

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From now on, all Nokia X users will enjoy one of the world’s most popular web browsers and save a ton of data while surfing away on their mobile phones – all thanks to the Opera Turbo compression service embedded in the Opera browser.

Download Opera browser for Android for free!

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If you’re not completely familiar with Opera for Android, I have made a short list of the top 3 features to get you started:

1) Opera Turbo is a cost and time-saving feature that compresses data before it reaches the user’s mobile device. By switching on compression with Opera Turbo, webpages are compressed by Opera servers, resulting in a dramatic reduction in the amount of data transferred. For users on a pay-as-you-go data plan, or roaming while traveling, the savings can be significant.

2) The Discover feature is a novel way of finding content that users find interesting. Gathered from hundreds of websites all over the world, the content offered by Discover feature is always fresh and the cream of the crop. The feature is customizable, with easy-to-set preferences – the list can be sorted by country and topic – so users can enjoy thousands of articles, all at a thumb’s reach.

3) Speed Dial, an Opera Software innovation, has been perfected for the smartphone world. By letting the user save, move and organize Speed Dial entries into folders, Opera for Android lets users keep better track of sites they find interesting – and get to them faster.

Have a look at this video and you see what a treat we have in store for you!

Opera 24 for Linux released on the Developer stream

We’ve said many times that when a Linux version is ready, we’d let you know. Today, we’re delighted to announce our first Chromium-based Linux version is ready for download on our Developer stream. Go ahead and download Opera Developer 24 for Linux.

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Many of us at Opera use Linux as our primary platform. It’s great to be able to try out the newest developments of Opera on Linux once again.

Adding Linux to our browser line fulfills an important part of Opera’s vision to shape an open, connected world. We want everyone to have fast and safe access to the web. Adding Linux opens up that possibility to more machines running the open-source operating system.

Linux is highly secure and performs well, even on machines with limited memory or suboptimal hardware. Not all of us can afford the latest Mac or Windows machines, not all of us want proprietary operating systems, and some of us simply love using Linux. But, everyone agrees that they should have access to a beautiful browser.

Now, Linux users around the globe can get the newest Opera features, including:

- Discover
- Stash
- A wide selection of extensions and themes

… not to mention the vastly improved Speed Dial and Opera Turbo.

To provide the highest quality, we’ve been testing on one particular platform right now – Ubuntu Linux 64-bit with Unity or Gnome Shell. It may work on other platforms, but that’s not guaranteed. As our development progresses, we’ll look into other potential platforms to support.

Releasing to the Developer stream means that all the usual considerations regarding Developer builds also apply to this one. With all that said, many of us have been using Opera for Linux as our default browser, and find it to be pretty robust.

Take it for a spin and tell us if anything breaks. We hope you enjoy using it.

Cheers!

- All of us on the Desktop team

P.S.: You may notice changes to how tabs behave on Windows and Linux. We’ll post more details about this tab improvement soon, along with Mac support information. For now, let’s keep the discussion about Linux.

Known issues

  • Linux start-up crash if Google Chrome, Chromium, or derivatives is the user’s default browser

Downloads

Full changelog

New Opera for Android: Managing your tabs is just a tap away

There’s a new version of Opera for Android, and it’s ready for you to download free now.

Tap and swipe to manage your tabs
With the new Opera for Android, managing your tabs is only a tap away. Now, you can close tabs with a simple gesture – from the tab manager, just swipe up tabs you don’t need. Made a mistake and closed a tab you weren’t supposed to? Don’t worry – now you can also reopen recently-closed tabs by pressing the menu button in the tab UI.
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As you can see in the screenshots above, the menu is at the bottom of the screen. This is more convenient when you use the phone with one hand and is something you can configure yourself by going into settings and set App layout to Classic.

Remember that with Opera for Android, you can choose how your browser looks:
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Resume your downloads
Now, it’s possible to do proper resuming when a download fails or being paused. Have you had problems with downloading large files? We’ve now fixed a recent issue so big downloads no longer fail when using Off-Road mode.

Browse faster by swiping
In this new Opera for Android, you also get a better-looking and better-working overview mode in the Discover feature. We’ve made your Discover experience breezier. After clicking a Discover article, you can just swipe to the right to move on to the next article in that story category.

Security fix
One mobile-specific security issue was fixed in this release. In some cases, Opera could end up showing the wrong URL in the address bar, which would allow spoofing. This issue has now been fixed, and we would like to thank moonflow for reporting the issue to us.

Once you’ve taken the new Opera on your Android phone for a spin, join the discussion and let us know what you think! Download it now for free from Google Play.

If you don’t have Google Play on your device, you can download an apk file here.