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Opera Mini gets a facelift with its biggest update in months

Opera Mini gets a facelift with its biggest update in months

Opera’s browser business may be struggling with heightened competition from the likes of Google Chrome, but that hasn't stopped the company from working on its existing products. The lightweight Opera Mini mobile browser, which once was the market leader, has been waiting for an update for quite a few months now. After a long gap, Opera is finally giving it a big visual overhaul with the app's latest release.

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Opera Mini and Mobile now block cryptocurrency-mining scripts

Opera Mini and Mobile now block cryptocurrency-mining scripts

Over the past few months, websites have begun to capitalize on the increasing value of cryptocurrency in not-so-great ways. Numerous websites have started to include scripts that use your device's processing power to mine cryptocurrencies. While the scripts usually aren't as noticeable on desktop computers, they can slow smartphones down to a crawl and drain the battery.

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Three lightweight Android browsers that may speed up your old smartphone or tablet

Three lightweight Android browsers that may speed up your old smartphone or tablet

There are plenty of great choices for web browsers on Android, but if you have a cheaper (or older) device, you may find the top picks unsatisfactory. For example, Chrome can slow down quite a bit on low-end phones and tablets, and Firefox isn't much different.

Luckily, there are several browsers designed to be as fast as possible, squeezing every bit of performance out of whatever they're running on. For this post, we'll be taking a look at three of them and comparing their performance and features. 

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Big Opera Mini 15 Update Adds Video Boosting, SD Card Support, Automatic Status Bar Color Changes, More

Big Opera Mini 15 Update Adds Video Boosting, SD Card Support, Automatic Status Bar Color Changes, More

If you live somewhere where a fast, reliable, and cheap internet connection isn't a given, or if you own a smartphone that crawls at the mere sight of a 5MB+ app, there's no arguing the benefits of Opera Mini as a go-to browser. The app also gets very frequent updates that improve its usability, like a QR code reader, night mode, different data compression modes, and more. Now Opera Mini is ready to join its big brother by adding the video compression feature that Opera users have been enjoying for the past months.

Opera uses its own Rocket Optimizer technology to compress up to 60% of video data, which results in faster loading and less consumed bandwidth.

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Opera Mini Adds New Language Selector, QR Code Reader, And More

Opera Mini Adds New Language Selector, QR Code Reader, And More

I love Opera Mini, not just because of its light size and data saving features, but also because the app keeps getting updated frequently with new things to check out.

This last update for example adds a QR reader and generator to the browser so that you can scan any QR code you might come across and immediately go to the linked page, or create codes to share with nearby users or online. I haven't been seeing lots of QR codes around me lately, but in the 1 or 2 instances where I came across them, I wished I could scan them easily.

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Opera Mini Update Packs More Options Into The Download Manager And Improves The Search Bar

Opera Mini Update Packs More Options Into The Download Manager And Improves The Search Bar

Opera Mini, a web browser whose existence revolves around reducing how much mobile data you consume, has received an update that spruces up the download manager and the search bar.

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Opera Mini 11 Introduces High And Extreme Data Savings Modes For A Choice Between Richer Or Faster Web Browsing

Opera Mini 11 Introduces High And Extreme Data Savings Modes For A Choice Between Richer Or Faster Web Browsing

Opera Mini's claim to fame, beside its low footprint, has been its ability to compress data on its servers and serve websites to you faster and with lesser bytes than more traditional browsers. If you're on an unreliable internet connection, in an area with nothing but GPRS or Edge, or with an operator that charges you for your consumed Megabytes as if they were rare diamonds, Opera Mini was and still is essentially your safest bet.

The app is getting even better today thanks to the version 11 update. Instead of a single Data Savings mode, there are two. Extreme is what Opera Mini has used before: it significantly compresses websites and images. 

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Opera Software May Be Searching For A Buyer After Lowered Financial Projections

Opera Software May Be Searching For A Buyer After Lowered Financial Projections

Oh, Opera. You've been around for a long time (considerably longer than Android or Google, in fact) but aside from a great showing back in the J2ME days, you've never managed to break into those competitive browser markets. The latest financial figures and projections, as reported by Reuters, don't look particularly good for the Norwegian software company. Though Opera Software's revenues grew in the second quarter, they didn't meet analyst expectations, and adjusted earnings missed the target by a factor of $1.6 million. The projection for total 2015 revenue has been cut from $630-650 million down to $600-618 million.

If all those numbers make your head spin, just know that they're not good.

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Opera Mini Update Adds Night Mode, Page Titles In The Address Bar, And Speed Dial/Open Tab Syncing

Opera Mini Update Adds Night Mode, Page Titles In The Address Bar, And Speed Dial/Open Tab Syncing

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Opera Mini Browser v8 Gets A Big Visual Overhaul, Private Tabs, High DPI Support, And More

Opera Mini Browser v8 Gets A Big Visual Overhaul, Private Tabs, High DPI Support, And More

Opera Mini has attracted millions of users for all sorts of reasons, but its appearance hasn't particularly been one of them. Frankly, the app has felt dated for years.

With version 8, that changes. The zippy little browser now has a look and feel that looks more at home on Android (which we've been able to experience for a few months now in beta). It's not #materialyolo, but it doesn't clash nearly as much with Lollipop as the prior release.

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Left: Old, Right: New.

Version 8 still positions the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, keeping buttons where users have come to expect them.

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