Opera Mobile 12, Mini Next Released

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 27, 2012
Updated • Dec 1, 2012
Apps, Opera

Norwegian based Opera Software has just released Opera Mobile 12 and Opera Mini Next. Unlike on the desktop, where the Opera browser does not get much traction, it is Opera who is the leading browser on mobile devices.

Opera maintains two different mobile browser versions. Opera Mobile, which has just been released in version 12, is a full web browser that is installed locally on the phone. Opera Mini sports all the features of Opera Mobile, with the main difference that the rendering engine is not installed locally, but on Opera servers.

Opera Mobile 12 for Android and Symbian has already been released. The new version is available on Google's Android market, and on the Opera Mobile website.

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Both versions of Opera Mobile 12 include new features, of which most are directed towards better HTML5 compatibility:

  • Ragnarok, our HTML5 parser, for better web apps and increased compatibility with websites.
  • ECMAScript 5.1 for those who are too damn groovy for JavaScript.
  • Orientation Support
  • For Android only, support for camera use in the browser using the same, newer, getUserMedia syntax as Opera desktop Labs.
  • CSS3 radial gradients and the fabled -o-double-rainbow.
  • CORS (cross-origin resource sharing).
  • For Android only, hardware-accelerated WebGL for all things 3D and web. With WebGL on mobile, it'll be even easier to make games cross platform and distribute.

A set of demos, called Shiny Demos, has been released by Opera to demonstrate the browser's feature set. Opera Software furthermore noted that the Opera Mobile Emulator, a web based emulator for the browser, will be updated in the next weeks to reflect the changes in Opera Mobile 12.

Opera software has released Opera Mini 7 for Apple iOS devices. The new version is available in Apple's Appstore. Opera Mini is now also available in a Next version, a preview version of the mobile browser. Opera users on Android, Blackberry and S60, or on devices supporting Java, can point their smartphones to m.opera.com/next to install Opera Mini Next on their device.

You can read the full announcement about the new versions on the Opera website.

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  1. Amir said on July 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Why the facebook for Opera Mobile look like the one on my all Nokia E72. I like the previous one which look like the one in the PC although look smaller. Why you change this Opera??? Even IOS facebook thouch is more advance compare that the new facebook for Opera Mobile 12.

  2. gilly said on March 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Which one is the most cost effective browser to use between opera mini next and opera mini 6.5 (s60)

  3. dandy said on March 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I am use opera mobile 12 for symbian v5,but every use for browing always appear message full memory,close some application and try again. I have change preference from opera:config…anybody can help me. thank.

  4. Lee said on March 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Will the emulator allow us access to web cams, so that we can properly test the feature:

    For Android only, support for camera use in the browser using the same, newer, getUserMedia syntax as Opera desktop Labs.

    on an ordinary desktop?

  5. Levi said on February 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I use dial up,

    I read somewhere that Chrome is smart enough to detect low bandwidth and compensate by compressing the same way Opera Turbo does. Is there any truth to it?

    1. name said on February 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Absolutely none.

  6. berttie said on February 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I wonder why Opera’s popularity on mobile devices hasn’t translated to PCs?

    1. Justin said on February 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      From what I understand much of Opera’s appeal on mobile devices is that Opera’s proxy compresses the data to reduce bandwidth usage. I can see how this is an attractive feature for mobile users that have low bandwidth caps, but on desktops where a bandwidth cap is typically less of a concern they may not be compelled to switch from Firefox, Chrome, or even Internet Explorer. For me, it’s actually completely the other way around. I’m an avid user of the desktop Opera, but I never use the mobile Opera. For my phone, I prefer UC Browser which has the same compression capability and tends to render more websites correctly than mobile Opera.

  7. BobbyPhoenix said on February 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks for the follow up Martin, but I think we are mixing up desktop with mobile. Unless I am not under the right place. I did what you said, but I only have an option to select a target for speeddial, not to disable it. This is for Opera Mobile, not Mini, or desktop. Is this right?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Bobby, I got this to work in Opera Desktop. I could not find the same settings in the mobile clients. The only option that you seem to have is to clear all entries to only have blank items displayed. Not sure why there is no option to disable the feature completely.

  8. BobbyPhoenix said on February 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I love Opera, but one thing that always annoys me is the speeddial start up. Is there a way to disable that. I never open my browser first, it always opens automatically when I click a bookmark through Xmarks, so for it to load, get to my page, and then press back to get another bookmark, is a pain. I have to press two extra times just to get back. The default browser is great on how it opens, but I want to use Opera.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Enter opera:config#UserPrefs|SpeedDialState in Opera’s address bar. Change the Speed Dial value to 3 to disable it.

      1. Wolday said on September 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

        I like it . I need opera mini and I choose that thanks

      2. Wolday said on September 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

        I like it

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