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Today Opera Software released new versions of the Opera Mini Browser for feature phones with Java ME support and for BlackBerrys running OS 4.2.1 for latter. The new release adds several of frequntly requested features to Opera Mini's download manager. The new features in the release are:
- Downloads can now be paused and resumed. You can even pause a download, exit Opera Mini and resume the download the next time you launch the browser.
- Smaller files (up to around 15 MB) are downloaded faster.
- When you download a file you can now change its file name before saving it.
- The last used download folder is remembered for various file types and the browser will default to that folder on future downloads of the same type of file.
- There's a new option to pass files to the device OS to handle instead of downloading them through Mini.
- Stability and performance improvements.
I tried the new Opera Mini on two feature phones, a basic and rather old Motorola WX400 "Rambler" QWERTY phone and a "Type and Touch" Nokia 302, also a QWERTY. The browser performed well on both phones.
As with previous Opera Mini releases there were some minor key mapping issues with the Motorola. I wasn't able to play YouTube videos using Opera Mini on the Motorola even though the phone's built-in Myriad browser was able to play the same videos. I wasn't offered the option to open the videos using the phone's OS either. Even with these issues I greatly prefer using Opera Mini over the Myriad browser which is slow and generally does a horrible job of rendering even simple mobile sites.
I had no such problems using the new Opera Mini on the Asha. The QWERTY keyboard worked without issues and videos from a variety of sites including YouTube played without error.
Opera Mini 7.1 can be installed by visiting m.opera.com using your phone's browser. If you prefer to sideload, the .jad and .jar files or a .zip file containing the BlackBerry .alx and .cod files are available at www.opera.com/mobile/download/versions/
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.
Opera Mini updates are usually a good thing. They include bug fixes and often, new features. But for a few users, usually with old or obscure phones, the new version doesn't work as well as the old one or work at all. On the Opera Mini User forum there is a recurrent theme of users, trying a released version and insisting that one of older ones, was better.
There's a sticky post on the forum with links to some old versions but it's far from complete and doesn't include beta versions or signed ones.
I can understand Opera wanting users to be on the latest version, but when that version doesn't work it's nice to have the option to roll back to an older one. I've gathered up all the Opera Mini 5 versions I've been able to find and linked to them below.
These are all English language versions. Java phone users should try the JAD link first and if it doesn't work try the JAR.
If you get an expired certificate error installing one of the signed versions, try setting your phone's date back a year or two. Be sure to set the date back to the current one before trying to run Opera Mini to avoid getting a "Verification of server certificate" error.
The ZIP files are for use with BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
I don't have the other signed Java versions or OTA files for BlackBerrys. If and when I find them I will post them here. If any readers have copies of the missing versions and are willing to share them, please leave a comment.
Updated 5-Oct-2012: Originally published in October 2010, this post is still one of the most popular on WAP Review. Today I went through some old download directories and added over a dozen more old Opera Mini versions.