Opera Mini’s New Data-Saving Option Trades Page Quality for Data Savings

Opera-icon-high-resOpera has always touted that its Mini web browser could save bandwidth and cut mobile browsing data costs, but that savings came with a penalty: the data compression wrecked the formatting of many web pages (so much so that the stock Android browser looks and works better - seriously).

And now Opera has a solution. There's a new version of the Mini web browser for Android out today, and it offers a second data compression option.

In addition to the "Extreme" webpage-mangling compression setting, Opera Mini now also offers a "High" compression setting. The new setting is only about a third as effective at reducing the page size, but on the upside the pages look a lot better.

Basic features like a responsive web design (and most of the formatting) are discarded under the extreme compression, but they still work under the high compression mode.

In addition to the advanced compression technology, the latest Opera Mini includes the following features:

  • New and improved UI for saved pages and bookmarks
  • Better handling of bigger downloads in High-compression mode
  • Overhauled tab switch
  • Private-browsing mode
  • Options to customize the browser layout for more thumb-friendly surfing
  • A scalable interface with higher resolution for tablets and large phones
  • Updates to the Discover news feed to provide more of the latest content across the web
  • A data counter to show daily progress on data savings, helping users keep data costs under control

You can find the app in Google Play.

About Nate Hoffelder (11591 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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