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March 22, 2011

Opera Mini 6 – First Impressions on Android

Filed under: Android, Software — Tags: , , , — guilleml @ 9:39 am

Opera Mini 6 was released today and I’m a big fan so I’ve already downloaded and I’ve been playing with it for a while.The update can be found on the market and on the opera website.

After installing you can notice the new look, the color now is black, an opera icon on the settings menu, not much, I think the interface was and is good.

Loading on Android is faster, much faster. With version 5.x everytime you change the focus, for example if someone talks to you on gtalk, you had to reload Opera which tooks a few seconds and a loading screen. Most of the time you lose the page you were in.

Now, in version 6, loading is near instantaneous, no more fear to use several apps at the same time even on my old G1.

Speed Dial is still there, loading web pages is as fast as version 5, I didn’t notice neither faster nor slower.

First change on browsing, you need double tap to zoom in, and double to zoom out, just like chrome for android. You can click links in the zoom out view, again just like the stock browser.

It’s a multitouch enabled browser so you can pinch zooming.

Another think I liked a lot is the posibility to hide the navigation and address bar but keeping the android status bar, so you will still be able to see incoming notifications while having a near-full screen browser, you can always open the menu and address bar by pressing the menu button. I really needed this on version 5, thank you Opera, good work.

On the menu is another button to share links through the android share menu, so you can choose between bluetooth, dropbox, evernote, gmail, sms, reader, twitter, whatsapp…or whatever social software you have installed. I used to copy the link and paste it on a new mail, this is easier and faster.

For the moment this is the differences I’ve notices at first view, I’m sure there will be more. If you like Opera browser I recommend you to try this version, if not, I recommend you to try it anyway, Opera Mini uses very little data traffic since web pages are processed and adapted in their servers, it uses much less power because less processing is needed and well…it is fast, the fastest I’ve ever tried on android.

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