Opera Mini is the mobile web browser that turns any feature phone into a smarter device. Opera Software has announced Opera Mini Next for J2ME (JAVA), BlackBerry and Symbian devices, with major new improvements been made to the Mini browser. Along with Opera Mini Next, the company also launched Opera Mobile 12 for Android and S60 devices. Like Opera Mini Next, Opera Mobile 12 promises to have bigger and better features.
Both browsers are hugely popular and are widely used across all platforms. The prime differentiators between the two versions of the browser for mobile phones is the engine they use to render web pages to the device. Opera Mobile renders the webpage on the mobile device itself, whereas while using Opera Mini, the server at Opera compresses data and then the data is sent to device. Opera Mini Next is for those who like to stay ahead of the pack. All Opera Mini Next browsers install alongside the regular Opera Mini browser, and are distinguished with a white Opera icon as opposed to the red icon for the stable version. The changes in these new versions also differ depending upon whether you have a feature phone or a smartphone. On feature phones, you will see a new start page, along with your usual speed dial page. This new start page gives you quick access to all your social networks and other information such as news, weather forecasts, sports, entertainment and more.
Latest updates from your friends and contacts can be now viewed right from the home screen of your phone. A revamped speed dial screen, with an unlimited number of speed dial shortcuts, debuts in all versions of Opera Mini, for easy access to all your favorite websites. On Android smartphones, one will experience smoother scrolling thanks to hardware acceleration. Opera Mobile 12 speeds up and enriches data rendering and browsing experience by using hardware acceleration wherein your phones hardware is used to speed up graphics and 3D content. It also adds support for location-based services, WebGL on Android devices, along with the ability to use the camera and Android Beam. The latest update also brings back support for the Flash Player on Android 4.0 devices. The new version includes HTML5 parser support, Ragnarök, which speeds up running web apps on your device. There are no changes in the GUI, but there are a lot of internal changes which makes Opera the best and a universal browser for mobile phones.