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