Opera Software, developers of the popular Opera web browser, have released Opera Mini 6.5 for various mobile devices including Apple's iPhone and iPad, Blackberry devices, Symbian S60 and Java-enabled phones. Opera Mobile 11.5 has been released for Symbian S60 devices in addition to that. Before we look at what's new, we should take a quick look at the differences between Opera Mini and Opera Mobile.
The core difference between two mobile browser versions is how Opera Turbo is handled in the browser. Opera Turbo is Opera's compression service that reduces the size of web pages by sending the data through an Opera server where they are compressed before they are send to the user's mobile device.
Smaller data packages means faster page loading times and a reduced bandwidth bill for users who pay by the Megabyte.
Opera Mini 6.5 is now available for new devices (The Android version has been out for a few weeks) including Apple iOS, Symbian, Blackberry and J2ME devices. The big new feature in Opera Mini 6.5 and Opera Mobile 11.5 is a new data counter that allows mobile users to keep tabs on their bandwidth usage. While that may not be exciting for users with flatrates, it may very well make a big difference for consumers who pay by the Megabyte (or capped data plans).
Other improvements include stability and performance fixes, better text selection and auto-correct and spell-check support for iOS devices. Interested users can read up on all the changes at the official Opera Mini blog post.
A blog post over at the Opera Mobile blog informs users about the changes in the release (please note that Opera Mobile 11.5 has been available for some time for Android based devices on the Android Market)
Opera Mobile 11.5 introduces the data usage view on Symbian devices. The new version benefits from an Opera Presto rendering engine upgrade as well.
Opera Mobile users on Symbian devices can access the changelog here. Symbian users can point their browsers to m.opera.com to download the latest version of the Opera Mobile or Opera Mini browser. Browsers may also be available in the Apple App Store and on Android Market.
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