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

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:


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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17 Comments

1. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I loved opera on my Nokia N900

2. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

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 !

6. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

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

10. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Its just a preference.

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

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

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

4. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

11. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

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

12. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

13. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

15. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

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

16. jaggu2

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 02, 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

17. Daniel.95

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 20, 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 http://www.4shared.com/file/KvTyTug3/OperaMini51.html

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