June 26, 2014
In a rather surprising move, Opera has just released a major update to the iOS edition of its Opera Mini Web browser. Long thought to have been abandoned and left for dead by Opera, Opera Mini for iOS was last updated way back in October 2012. But lo and behold, here comes an update to the app, which happens to be not just an ordinary update. On the contrary, the latest update to Opera Mini, which pushes the app to version 8.0, brings a new design and several significant new features. Being the first update to arrive for the app since the release of iOS 7 last September, Opera Mini 8.0 gives rise to a complete UI overhaul in accordance with the established look and feel of the current iteration of Apple's mobile operating system. On top of its new design, Opera Mini 8.0 introduces new features including a new compression mode, a new discovery page, themes, and a built-in QR code reader. Consequently, the updated app encourages you to:
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 7.0 or later, Opera Mini 8.0 is available now on the App Store for free. While I've only ever turned to Safari and Chrome for my extensive mobile browsing needs, the new and improved Opera Mini seems a more than worthy alternative, especially with its data-saving options and additional features. Opera Mini is featured by AppAdvice in both the Best Web Browsers for the iPhone and iPad Web Browsers AppGuides. Aside from Opera Mini, Opera offers Opera Coast, a universal iOS Web browser with a focus on gestures and animations.
- Get up to 90% data savings. Opera Mini's data-savings modes are perfect for getting fast-loading pages on slow connections. Take Opera Mini with you when you travel and save money by using less mobile data.
- Explore new things. Find the best, new articles from your fields of interest with the Discover feature. You'll never be bored again.
- Look your best. Opera Mini has a completely new look and you can choose between different themes.
- Make QR codes useful again. QR codes finally make sense when they can be read inside the browser. Ditch your QR-code app; it probably doesn't handle videos or music anyway.
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