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

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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.

Get your browser ready for Brazil 2014!

You have been waiting four years for this: the world’s biggest football event. Don’t want to miss out on news and updates? Get your browser ready by downloading this Opera add-on, submitted by alexisjacson. 

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Whether you’re supporting your hometown team, your favorite player or just a team you picked out a hat at your office pool, stay up to date with the standings for each group.
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It also includes analysis on each group. Check if your team is the favorite to win!

So, what are you waiting for? Whether you’re traveling to Brazil or just enjoying some football time at home, make sure you stay updated. Enjoy!

 

Did you catch Opera on HBO’s “Silicon Valley”?

Data compression. Sound familiar? “Silicon Valley” follows the sudden rise of a startup called “Pied Piper”. Originally created to test if a musician has infringed on any copyrights, the app stumbles upon a revolutionary data compression algorithm. Pictured below Jared presents the app at a TechCrunch conference. What do they do? Compression. Like us. When the final episode of the first season aired last week, we saw a familiar logo:

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 Why is our logo there? Because we were at TechCrunch Disrupt to launch Opera Coast. While that browser does not have compression, Opera Mini and Opera Max do. They use data compression to give you more for less. Just like PiedPiper.

Facebook joins Opera in initiative to bring Internet to the next billion users

Facebook, one of Opera’s global partners in the internet.org initiative, has joined us in working to bring the next billion internet users online. Since 2012, Opera Web Pass has been deployed in multiple countries on 3 continents to provide users with alternatives to the complex data bundle.

UntitledWith their recent purchase of Pryte, a Finnish company that aims to empower mobile users in developing countries through the use of internet apps, Facebook is helping to validate Opera’s concept of allowing users to buy simple, low-cost, time- and content-based data packages  - rather than the complex data bundles that are often unaffordable or incomprehensible to new mobile data users.

Opera Web pass users can simply purchase “1 day of data” or “1 hour of Facebook”, which also provide flexibility to operators to distribute data packages that make sense locally. Currently, Opera Web Pass is live in eight countries – with many more currently in deployment.

We are looking forward to continued innovation with Facebook and our other Internet.org partner companies to help bring the next billion users online.

Find out more about Opera’s Web Pass here

Opera 22 for Windows and Mac released today, with new themes and silent updates

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Today, we’ve released Opera 22 for Windows and Mac – a safe and highly compatible browser that gives you one of the best experiences of the web. Not only is Opera fast and powerful, it’s also beautiful. If you’re already running Opera, you will receive this update automatically.

A new web browser with a fresh look

We have gone through considerable effort to make Opera look slick and modern, while still blending in nicely with its surroundings. Since our browser was born in Norway, we decided to take Opera’s look a step further by selecting five new, inspiring themes that showcase the local scenery. They complement Opera and add a touch of Scandinavian style to your desktop. We hope you like them as much as we do!

You can switch between these new themes by selecting Opera Menu → Themes on Windows:
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Or View → Show Themes on Mac:
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For an even greater selection, drop by the themes section of the Opera add-ons site. You can also set any image you find online as a theme by right-clicking on it and selecting Use Image as Theme.

Silent, seamless updates

It’s very important to update your browser regularly, to keep you safe and secure when surfing the web. To help, Opera releases a new version every few weeks. While updating is necessary, we know how annoying it can be to have windows popping up asking for your password just to update your browser. This is especially true when you are immersed in your favorite website.

With Opera 22, we have introduced a new silent-update mechanism on Opera for Windows. This update will be the very last time you seen that irritating authentication dialog while surfing the net. From now on, you can browse away without distraction, and feel safe knowing Opera is always up to date and secure.

We have also introduced a technology to reduce the size of the updates, which means that updating Opera uses less bandwidth. If you are interested in the technical details of these installer changes, read our earlier developer blog post.

Key fixes and improvements

  • New Default themes
  • Silent updates on Windows (this will be the final release that displays the update dialog)
  • Smaller updates to conserve your bandwidth
  • Updated Chromium to 35.0.1916.114.

For the long list of changes refer to the Opera 22 Changelog.

Download Opera for Windows  /  Download Opera for Mac

See the interview with Lars Boilesen from Bloomberg TV

Last week, Lars Boilesen – our CEO – went on Bloomberg. He talked about what Opera are doing these days, how we see the future of mobile phones and the importance of internet access in the world.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the interview right here.

How we are connecting people to the web
Our technology is based on connecting people to the internet. We believe that everyone should be able to access information online. What we see, is that many can’t afford to access the web, or don’t have the technology to participate. In the U.S., about 60% run out of data on their mobile subscriptions every month. And many are worried about the cost of going online because of expensive data plans.

Powerful compression
We have made powerful compression technology that will help people to connect and stay online. We make browsers that are standards compliant, and we work with a lot of companies to make internet access more affordable.

This is our current line-up of products that you can install and use to support our cause:
Opera browser: A browser for Windows and Mac, also available for Android
Opera Mini: A fast and powerful mobile browser, works on nearly any device
Opera Max beta: Our latest and greatest data-savings app for Android
Opera Coast: A browser that looks great and uses all the touch features of iPhone or iPad