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Opera looking to port Opera Mobile and Mini to Windows Phone 8

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Opera looking to port Opera Mobile and Mini to Windows Phone 8
Opera's Mobile and Mini browsers have been the solution to many a user's web browsing struggles back in the dark ages of smartphones, when there was no Safari yet, and pocket IE was barely usable. However, even to this day, Opera continues to be the browser of choice for many Android users, as well as users of smaller mobile operating systems, like Symbian, for example, where the stock browsing experience is still inferior. Opera has remained a relevant player not only because of the more than decent primary browser, but also thanks to Opera Mini, which can make wonders when it comes to saving some precious megabytes from your data plan.

Opera's Vadim Makeev has recently said that Opera is interested in bringing its two mobile browsers, Opera Mobile and Opera Mini to Windows Phone 8. If you wonder what's the cause for Opera's sudden interest in Microsoft's upcoming platform, it's because WP8's SDK is going to allow developers to code their apps in C, which was impossible to do with WP7. And since this allows Opera to use a lot of generic code written in C, it should be a piece of cake for the company to port its products to Windows Phone 8. Here's the official statement:

Unfortunately, we do not comment on timing. I can say one thing, as soon as the ability to release Opera Mobile/Mini for Windows Phone (SDK in this case) is available, we will immediately do it. That is a full SDK for developing in C, for which we could use an existing generic code written for all platforms. Not with the current SDK for the Windows Phone platform. As soon as it appears, we are porting Opera Mobile/Mini.

With Internet Explorer 10 bundled with Windows Phone 8, and having in mind how cool Internet Explorer was in WP7, we don't think there will be that many users who'll bother with Opera Mobile, but Opera Mini will surely form its own following, due to its special ability to compress data before it's sent to your handset.

source: Neowin

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posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:22 3

1. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

I loved opera on my Nokia N900

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:24

2. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Nice, I prefer chrome on my android over opera of course

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:39 3

5. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

stock ICS browser is actually faster than chrome ..
Although Opera MIni doesnt support flash , html 5 or other features i still use it quite a lot . WHY ?
It compress the webpage saving my data , webpages load incrediblely fast , scrolling , zooming is so smooth . If i need HTML 5 or flash i would just open up Stock ICS or dolphin . Most of the time i DONT !

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:45

6. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Chrome has always been my browser of choice, whether on android, mac, or windows7 (full not mobile) i love it

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 09:26 1

9. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

kshell : I dont really like the chrome for android/iOS .
Sometimes i accidentally switch tab. Its slower than stock ICS browser, scrolling and zooming is not as smooth as stock ICS browser not to mention Opera Mini . But i honestly have no idea why some people love it so much

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 09:49 1

10. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Its just a preference.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:46

7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

yep, scrolling and zooming is still the best in opera mini.
when not on wi-fi, still my preferred browser

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 09:23

8. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

darac : even i'm on wifi i still use opera Mini .
Only when i need HTML 5 or flash then i switch to a slower browser

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:29

3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Yes Opera Mini and UCWeb are two great browsers. Had lots of good time on them. But once again, chrome is catching up very fast, with firefox doing well on Android.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:34

4. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

THIS is what WP sorely needs - a solid third party browsers to chose from.
Relying only on stock IE is not even a consideration for me.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 13:16

11. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)

I love Opera on my G Note. It's awesome and I love how fast I can switch tabs and stuff.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 14:40 2

12. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

LOL to all the people who still think of IE with a 10 year old reputation... Internet Explorer has had its good and bad times. Give them all a try and put in extensive use on each browser before you comment.

Having said that Opera is a jewel of a browser. It is tied for me with Mozilla and IE9 as my top browser.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 17:53

13. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Wish Firefox browser come on board. Then we'd all have Flash on WP8! Oh the dream...

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 22:05

14. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

really like opera browser..but need to change it since it wont support facebook video chat.. and lags around google hangouts!

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 23:13

15. jtech (Posts: 101; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

It would also be nice to have a chromium browser on wp8 (not chrome) like Iron Browser, but IE is good :)

posted on 02 Oct 2012, 02:41

16. jaggu2 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

opera is good. i used on my 5800. now i prefer chrome on my galaxy s3. with jellybean on board it working so smooth. very silky

posted on 02 Oct 2012, 05:04

17. Daniel.95 (Posts: 89; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

lol One of my friends port it from windows mobile6.5 to windows phone7 you can download it from here: Operia Mini 5.1 it Reqiures Full Unlock Rom


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