Opera Mini Beta, one of only a few third party web browsers available on Windows Phone 8 has received an update which brings an improved visual layout compared to the last version that dated back to Opera Mini as seen on Symbian.
The latest update is build number 18.104.22.16830, and while it does have a more modern look and feel about it there are still a few issues preventing me from using as my first choice mobile browser. Firstly it only works in portrait mode, no support for viewing web pages in landscape. Also there is no option for viewing pages in “desktop” mode, only mobile websites, which is understandable considering the whole point of Opera Mini is to save data usage. My final issue is that there is no full screen option, the address bar at the top of the screen is always present and the option bar at the bottom also doesn’t hide itself.
One area however where I am impressed with Opera Mini is watching YouTube videos on m.youtube.com. The video streams appear better than what Internet Explorer 11 offers, see the comparison picture below, Opera is the above screen shot while IE is below.
You can install or update the Opera Mini Beta browser HERE.
Try one of the world’s fastest browsers for Windows Phone. Opera Mini is free, secure and customizable for all your browsing needs. More than 250 million people worldwide love the Opera Mini web browser. Check out why!
✔ Browse faster: Content-heavy webpages with lots of images and graphics load faster. We make webpages lighter, so you can enjoy the fastest browser for your device.
✔ Save data: Opera Mini can reduce webpages down to 10% of their normal size. That saves you data, giving you faster, cheaper internet.
✔ Navigate easily: Bigger buttons and a clear layout make Opera Mini easier to use.
✔ Be social: Share your favorite content in a snap!
✔ Browse safely: Opera’s focus on security and data privacy, keeps you safer on the web.
Opera Mini improves your online life with:
Speed Dial – Set all your favorite websites on the home screen of the browser. Add as many entries as you like!
Tabs – Have more webpages open at the same time, allowing you to switch quickly between them while browsing.