For now, don't expect new features for the Windows Phone version of Opera Mini

For now, don't expect new features for the Windows Phone version of Opera Mini
Is this anyway to pay back the people who helped put your product on the map? Opera put out an announcement today stating that the small team that worked on the Windows Phone version of the Opera Mini browser will be "dedicating" their time to iOS and Android apps. Yet, it was Windows Mobile phones like the HTC Touch Pro and HTC Touch Diamond that made Opera a popular third-party browser when the application was pre-installed onto those two phones in 2008.

For the time being, those using Opera Mini on their Windows Phone device should not expect any updates to add new features or capabilities to the browser. This decision will be reviewed later this year. Opera did say that it will continue to make sure that the browser is secure and says that it still welcomes bug reports from users since it will continue to exterminate bugs if necessary.

Opera says that is doesn't have the resources required to build a universal Windows 10 app. It also adds that it doesn't have the time or resources to use Microsoft's bridge tools to port its iOS app to Windows 10 Mobile. Opera said that it did look into the possibility of using the bridge, but the complexities of a browser make it difficult to do.


You can still download the browser if you are a Windows Phone user by clicking on the sourcelink.

source: OperaMini (Windows|iOS|Android) via WindowsCentral

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6 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Opera Mini sucked on WP anyway. The page renders were horrible on anything other than a 4.5" screen.

2. albatista

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 19, 2016

OMG!! Such a shame... lol, the app is terrible!

5. Cicero

Posts: 1103; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Opera app is terrible on WP. On Windows and Android it is doing a good job.

3. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Honestly I like native edge browser on my 950xl just like if I had ios use safari a Google device like my s7 edge weirdly is the only phone I use with Samsung browser it's so fast compared to Google Chrome. Feel like 3rd party browsers can't compare anymore to the native.

4. TerrellAmerica unregistered

I agree, the built in browser is always, it has better integration with software and hardware.

6. xperian

Posts: 416; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

It seems most people in the comments don't know the purpose of opera mini. It is designed to process websites on a server and send compressed version to the phone to save data, also makes internet kinda more usable on extremely low end devices that can't run proper browser. If you have unlimited data or mid-high end device it's not for you

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