Opera Mini 5 beta hits the Android Market

Opera Mini 5 beta hits the Android Market
It was a little over a year ago when Opera released its Mini 4.2 browser for Android-based smartphones, though most users still preferred to use the default WebKit browser as it was a bit more stable and user-friendly. But Opera kept working at it and over the summer had the first beta of the Mini 5, though it was only for Java-based smartphones and Blackberry devices. Now we are happy to report that the new Mini 5 beta browser has been released and is avaliable for Android via the Android Market, or by visiting m.opera.com/next in the phone's mobile web browser. It comes with tabbed browsing, password management, download manager, and compresses pages down to 90% to increase the speed of them being sent and downloaded to the phone. Unfortunately, multitouch pinch-and-zoom is still missing at this time on Opera Mini, so here's hoping it will be included on Opera Mobile 10 for Android that is due out at some point later this year.

source: Opera

Check out our first-look and video of the Opera Mini 5 beta browser app for Android here.



1. arqjav

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 29, 2009

THIS A LITTLE OF THE HISTORY OF MULTITOUCH . The use of touch technology to control electronic devices predates the personal computer. Early synthesizer and electronic instrument builders like Hugh Le Caine and Bob Moog experimented with using touch-sensitive capacitance sensors to control the sounds made by their instruments.[4] IBM began building the first touch screens in the late '60's, and, in 1972, Control Data released the PLATO IV computer, a terminal used for educational purposes that employed single-touch points in a 16x16 array as its user interface.[4] Multi-touch technology began in 1982, when the University of Toronto's Input Research Group developed the first human-input multi-touch system. The system used a frosted-glass panel with a camera placed behind the glass. When a finger or several fingers pressed on the glass, the camera would detect the action as one or more black spots on an otherwise white background, allowing it to be registered as an input. Since the size of a dot was dependent on pressure (how hard the person was pressing on the glass), the system was somewhat pressure-sensitive as well.[4] In 1983, Bell Labs at Murray Hill published a comprehensive discussion of touch-screen based interfaces.[5] In 1984, Bell Labs engineered a touch screen that could change images with more than one hand. In 1985, the University of Toronto group including Bill Buxton developed a multi-touch tablet that used capacitance rather than bulky camera-based optical sensing systems.[4] A breakthrough occurred in 1991, when Pierre Wellner published a paper on his multi-touch “Digital Desk”, which supported multi-finger and pinching motions.[6][7] Various companies expanded upon these inventions in the beginning of the twenty-first century. Mainstream exposure to multi-touch technology occurred in the year 2007, when Apple unveiled the iPhone and Microsoft followed after with the unveiling of their Microsoft Surface table-top touch platform.

2. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

I downloaded immediately when i saw it in the 'just in' section of the market last night and i am extremely impressed with the browsing experience. I never used the browser on my MT3G because i hate it's UI, and now i think i will start using the browser again.

3. jtm1208

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 16, 2009

the browser is much faster, however personally i like how the default browser displays the page better.

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