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Opera Mini Android Update: High compression saves data, maintains website layout; Now on Play Store

September 9
5:35 AM 2015

The Opera Mini update for Android phones now arrives at Google Play Store, with a brand new compression technology at hand. It now has a high compression mode that allows for fast web browser without compromising the visual layout and design of web pages.

CNET reports that Opera is more commonly used as a browser in lower-end cheaper phones. It is mostly suitable for slow, unstable network connections. Released in 2005, Opera makes use of extreme compression, a technology that reduces and saves data for faster web browsing.

Although extreme compression made surfing the internet on poor connections possible, its downside is that it makes a website look like a visual wreck. Compression technology reduces the amount of data required to load a web page. Opera extreme compression indeed does the job, but many users think it does it a bit too extreme.

Business Standard quotes Christian Uribe, product manager of Opera: "With the rise of better smartphones and better network conditions our users now want the option to have a less aggressive data compression mode so they can experience the full internet when network conditions allow for it."

Users are now demanding a better browsing experience from Opera. To answer this, the company pushed out a new compression mode in the latest update for Opera Mini.

High compression mode in Opera Mini maintains web page quality, image sizes, and layout while still saving 50% bandwidth. The new mode allows users to surf dynamic websites like Facebook without much problem. With this mode, users are assured to experience fewer visually broken sites and play high-definition videos in a3G, 4G, and WiFi networks.

According to a report by Softpedia, both Opera Mini compression modes offer data savings to its customers. Other changes in the update are a revamped full screen tab gallery, download improvements, an overhauled, resizable user interface and tab switcher, and private browsing mode.

The Opera Mini update can be downloaded for free in Play Store, ready to bring its customers a faster and nicer web browsing experience. With the update, Opera hopes to target 275 million users by 2017.

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