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Opera Mini for Android was updated to version 7.5.1 today. This updates fixes several bugs:
- Improved connection stability
- Improved NFC support
- Page layout improvements
- Various stabilization fixes
I applied the update on an Motorola M855 Photon running Android 2.3.4. The update was painless and all my bookmarks, speed dials, saved pages and settings were retained. The previous 7.5 version of Opera mini was reasonably stable on this device but once in a great while it did freeze or force close. Hopefully this update will be even more stable.
The new release is available now in the Google Play Store or directly from opera.com/mobile/download/versions/ for users of non-Google Experience Android devices. Opera Mini requires Android 1.5 or latter.
Source: Opera Mobile Blog
Opera Software has released updates for a couple of its browsers.
There's a updated Opera Mobile for Android. The new release is Version 12.1.1 and it includes the following bug fixes:
- Fixed issue with commenting on Facebook
- Fixed issue with embedded Youtube videos
- Fixed issue with incorrect external URLs opening
- Various stability improvements.
The new release is available from the Google Play Store or directly from opera.com/mobile/download/versions/ for users of non-Google Experience Android devices. Opera Mobile requires Android 1.6 or latter.
Opera Mini for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) has been updated version 7.0.5. It includes the following fixes and improvements:
- Integration with iOS Facebook framework (iOS 6).
- Improved performance when saving large images.
- Fixed freeze after sharing via email.
- Fixed video playback on youtube.com (iPhone and iPod).
- Performance and stability fixes.
- Added support for iOS 4.2 - iPod touch 2nd generation and iPhone 3G is back in game!
- Various iOS 6 related fixes.
As always Opera Mini for iOS is available only from the iTunes App Store. It requires iOS 4.2 or latter.
While these are relatively minor updates they do fix issues that kept both Youtube and Facebook from working properly. I suspect that the return of Opera Mini iOS 4.2 support is also making a lot of owners of older iDevices happy.
I upgraded to Opera Mobile 12.1.1 on my Motorola Photon running Android 2.3. The upgrade went off without a hitch. I confirmed that I was able to comment on Facebook as well as watch embedded YouTube videos on Nokia Conversations and the desktop version of Engadget. The same videos had only displayed a black rectangle in the previous 12.1 Opera Mobile release.
UCWeb has released a new 8.0 version of its proxy based UC Browser Mini for Android. The new version is only available from the UC website and is not in the Android Play Store yet. The non-proxy version of the UC Browser 8.4.1 is in the Play Store, but it's just a user interface wrapper around Android's Webview class.
There are lots of Webview based browsers for Android. They are differentiated by their user interfaces but render pages identically to the Android browser. Proxy browsers pre-render and compress pages using a cloud based server. Opera Mini, the Silk browser on Amazon's Fire Tablet and UC Browser Mini are the only Android proxy browsers that I'm aware of. The main thing that proxy browsers have going for them on Android is that they reduce data consumption by up to 90% and can also be faster on slow networks.
The new UC version seems to be a relatively minor update to UC Browser 7.8, which was released in July 2011 and was the last UC proxy browser release for Android. According to UC the changes in this version include:
- Brand new UI design, simple yet aesthetic.
- Better performance: Faster page loading speed and secondary compression saves more traffic.
- Smooth scrolling: scrolling speeds up by 20%.
- Cursors added to ‘Select and Copy’, easier to adjust copy range.
- Different builds for different screen sizes and resolutions: Fits HVGA,WVGA and QVGA(or smaller) screen perfectly.
- Quick access to traffic statistics on Menu.
The most noticeable change is with the UI. There's a brand new start screen (image above, left) and the menus now have a gray background (image above right) instead of black. The menu icons have also been redesigned. None of the new features (bookmark syncing, U-Disk cloud storage or the Quick Reads RSS reader) from recent Java and Symbian versions of the UC Browser have made it into UC Browser Mini.
UC Browser Mini is actually a dual mode browser. It's a proxy browser in "Fit to Screen" mode, which is the default. You can switch to a non-proxy, Webkit-based "Zoom Mode" by taping Settings > Browse Mode menu.
In Fit to Screen proxy mode, the browser re-formats all pages into a single column (image above, left). Pages are generally usable and readable. but the result isn't always pretty. Basic CSS features like floats and centering blocks with margin: auto, sometimes don't work (image above, right).
The browser feels fast and most of the sites I tried, including, Facebook and Twitter, loaded and worked as expected. The only sites I had trouble with were the desktop version of Google Reader, where the page was truncated after the first few items, and Google Plus which blocked me with "Your browser is no longer supported" messages on both the desktop and mobile URLs.
To download UC Web Mini for Android go to ucweb.com/English/UCbrowser/platform.html?platform=android with phone or PC. There are separate versions for phones with QVGA (240 x 320px) screens and for larger screens, 320 x 480 px and up.
There's a recent interview with UCWeb's CEO Yu Yongfu on All Things D where he says he wants to increase the number of UC Browser users from 300 million to one billion over the next five years. I believe that improving page rendering and an emphasizes on its data saving proxy mode are the key things that UC needs to do to the drive the browser's adoption.
This release emphasizes improved performance. It includes support for additional CSS3 and HTML5 features and an implementation of Google's SPDY "SPeeDY" protocol which reduces latency and improves page loading speed. Fraud protection, which warns users of suspicious web pages has been added and Opera Mobile for Android now supports MIPS and Intel processors. Here's the full change log:
Improved Standards Support:
- Added support for CSS Flexible Box Layout Module (aka Flexbox)
- Added support for CSS Animations
- Updated implementation for CSS Transitions
- Updated WebSocket implementation (RFC6455)
- Updated Media Queries implementation
- Added partial support for HTML5 Drag and Drop
- Added support for HTML5 Clipboard API and events
- Added support for contentEditable/designMode
- Added support for SPDY protocol
- Added support for Page Visibility API
- Support a selection of webkit prefixed and unprefixed CSS properties
- Fraud protection
- With added 'Fraud Protection' Opera Mobile will warn users about suspicious webpages by checking the page requested against a database of pages known to be of a fraudulent nature.
Added Architecture Support:
- Support CPU Filtering in Google Play store
- Reduces Binary Size
Source: Opera Mobile Blog