I hope you are all staying safe and well wherever you are.
At Opera we have been developing fast and secure browsers for nearly 25 years. We craft our mobile and desktop browsers in our offices located in Norway, Sweden and Poland, where we work hard with our product managers and engineers, to develop apps that give our users more secure and personal ways to explore the web.
We recently identified that more Indian internet users are downloading our popular Opera Mini browser, which we are extremely happy about, because it means that more people are choosing Opera Mini over default browsers that come pre-installed in their Android smartphones.
When we took a closer look at which are the main drivers for more people to download Opera Mini, we identified that our users are very happy with the wide variety of features the browser has to offer them. We received a lot of positive comments about the unique and native features our users find in Opera Mini and we thought that it might be a good idea to refresh your mind about these features in case you haven’t used them before.
1. Offline File Sharing
We recently introduced to Opera Mini the new file sharing feature. It allows you to share photos, videos and audio files with others without an internet connection.
The file sharing feature works whether you are online or off. How it works is that Opera creates a secure private network connection between devices via a direct Wi-Fi connection. This guarantees you a successful transfer of files at great speed—200 times faster than Bluetooth. As both devices are connected via direct Wi-Fi, you can be confident that the connection between them will never break unless you decide to stop it.
2. Improved download manager
Everyone downloads files from the web, from flight tickets to videos and images. The Opera Mini browser integrates a download manager that gives you control over every file that you download.
The download manager in Opera Mini has a speed meter inspired by the speedometers in cars. It tells you the current download speed and estimated download time. You can see how your network connection affects download speed in real time.
3. Live scores and results of your favourite cricket matches
The new season of cricket is on and at Opera we are huge fans of the T20 league! Therefore, we have introduced a dedicated cricket channel in the Opera Mini newsfeed. Here you will find all the latest news from your favorite T20 teams and players.
With cricket scores integrated within the Opera Mini homepage, all your T20 matches are simply one tap away. Now every cricket fan, be it Chennaiites, Delhiites or Mumbaikars, can keep track of every run or even run outs! You can check out how your favourite batsmen and bowlers are playing with live run rates, economy rates, wickets and much more to keep the cricket spirit high wherever you are! Such an integration of cricket in Opera Mini makes sure that your browsing experience is as fulfilling as a century, every time you browse.
4. Fast and reliable internet experience
Opera Mini is a small, fast and powerful browser. It integrates a unique data compression technology that gives the browser a unique capability of pre-processing and reducing the amount of data from a website before it reaches your phone. This allows for a reliable navigation, drastically increasing your browsing speed.
Opera Mini is also a great browser if you want to get more value from your mobile data. It comes with unique data compression technology that saves you up to 90% of your mobile data. When you enable data savings, you consume less data while enjoying more browsing. Other browsers like Google Chrome can only provide an average of 9% data savings.
When you enable data savings in both apps, you also extend your data plan or data bundles. This is great for you as you won’t need to buy data as often.
5. Safer browsing experience
Opera Mini has always been a speed-demon browser, which is why it was important for us to bring ad blocking to our users. The Opera Mini browser works seamlessly on slow connections, optimizes online video to reduce buffering delays, and compresses the size of web pages for faster browsing. Introducing ad blocking for faster web page loading is just one more way we show our commitment to speed.
The reason why Opera Mini’s ad blocker speeds up your internet connection is that the Ad blocking in Opera Mini happens on the Opera servers, before the ads on the web reach your phone. When ad blocking is enabled, Opera Mini does not even request the ad information from the website you’re visiting.
Ad blocker is a highly-appreciated feature. By adding our ad-blocking technology to the Opera Mini browser, we make sure that you browse faster with less mobile-data usage and less distractions on your phone.
Featured in Google Play
We also want to let you know that Opera Mini has become a featured app on Google Play, making it easier to discover for Android users around the world. Needless to say, we are very happy about it.
Beyond providing you with unlimited access to the web, Opera Mini is also equipped with features that make it stand out from other mobile browsers on the market.
If you haven’t tried our browser yet, go to Google Play and look in the featured apps—it has now become even easier to find it.