Opera Mini browser revamp brings new privacy mode, download manager


Opera Software is rolling out an overhauled version of its popular Opera Mini mobile browser, promising a more advanced, feature-rich Web experience for low-priced phones.

The free Opera Mini compresses up to 90 percent of data to improve speed and reduce costs and is optimized for any phone capable of running a Java-based game or any BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) device that runs Java. The new version 4.5 introduces a download manager giving users greater control over installing new content, including pause and resume options. "Having an excellent download manager is just as important for the students downloading class work to their phones as it is for business people with more advanced phones," said Opera Software Product Manager for Opera Mini Christian Uribe.

Opera Mini 4.5 also touts a new privacy mode in the event a consumer wishes to lend their phone to a friend. With the privacy mode turned on, the device will not save any of the friend's personal data like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) logins or mobile search queries. 

More than 300 million users worldwide access Opera browsers each month across all platforms, with Opera Mini users topping 200 million. Late last year, Opera launched Web Pass, enabling operator partners to offer subscribers pay-as-you-go access to the mobile Internet: Users open the Mini browser, select a Web Pass option and immediately begin surfing, with the Mini client server routing traffic for as long as the subscription package is valid. Carriers determine the pricing and duration of each Web Pass offering as well as whether access spans the entire Internet or specific sites such as social networking platforms Facebook and Google+ (NASDAQ:GOOG). Operators also control how purchases are billed.

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