Opera has today launched Opera Mini 50, a small, fast and powerful browser that comes with unique features such as data compression technology, a download manager with offline file-sharing capabilities, and a built-in ad-blocker.
Over 15 years, Opera Mini has provided people with a better browsing experience. Now, with version 50, Opera has fully revamped its user interface to allow its users a more personal and intuitive way to interact with the browser features they love the most.
Opera Mini 50 also integrates a new and versatile status bar located at the top of the browser screen. The new status bar adds a touch personalization to the browser. Users are able to receive welcome messages during their daily browsing sessions with greetings and hints throughout the day when using the app. The status bar also keeps users updated on what’s going around them. It shows notifications with information about the latest news and upcoming updates in the browser or events from partners.
“With Opera Mini 50, we are reinforcing the connection between the users and the features that they love in multiple touchpoints,” said Andrzej Czarnecki, Product Manager for Opera Mini. “We’ve introduced new styles, themes and user experiences, to improve the access to the features users need while enjoying superior aesthetics.”
The new status bar displays a data savings widget which comes pretty handy in situations where users want to keep control of their data consumption in a glimpse.
“We know that data compression in Opera Mini is widely used among our users. Our designers have introduced the new data-savings widget on the status bar, to give users detailed information about their data consumption. It tells them what they need to know about how much data they are saving without navigating through the settings of the browser.” said Czarnecki.
The platform offers its users the option to activate either high or extreme data savings mode. The extreme mode in Opera Mini is capable of saving on average an impressive 81% of mobile data versus other browsers like Google Chrome, which are only capable of saving on average to 9% of mobile data. This allows users to browse for nine times longer versus using other mobile browsers without data compression capabilities.
The freshly added offline file-sharing feature works with the popular download manager in Opera Mini. By combining these features, it makes it easier for users to share files they have already downloaded from the web to their phones.
Last year Opera Mini also partnered with Mdundo, the leading music sharing platform with the largest catalog of independent artists across Africa. Which continues to enable users to stream music and download their favourite songs.