AT&T's Feature Phones Singing Opera's Tune
Today AT&T announced that it is bringing Opera's Mini mobile browser to its feature phones. According to AT&T, Opera Mini will improve page rendering and speed up page delivery. AT&T has customized Opera Mini a bit and is offering users some personalization tools, such as the options to post shortcut buttons to their home page; location-aware search and information tools; and feeds of the most popular mobile Web content (headlines, sports scores, etc.). AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom said, "We've created a hybrid mobile Web experience — making mobile browsing more recognizable and similar to that of a PC, but also taking advantage of capabilities unique to a mobile phone and keeping what have been the mainstays of the mobile Web easy to find." Opera Mini will first be available on four new messaging phones that AT&T announced today. AT&T didn't say if or when Opera Mini would become available on its other feature phones.
Opera Mini for Android Puts the Kibosh On Ads
Opera today released a new version of its Opera Mini browser for Android and gave it a native ad blocker. Opera claims the ad blocker serves two purposes: 1.
Opera Ad Blocker Now Available to Android, iOS, Windows
Opera updated several of its mobile browsers today, bringing its ad blocking tool to Android, iOS, and Windows handsets. First, Opera refreshed its main Opera browser for Android.
Opera Mini for Android Adds Video Boost
Opera today updated its Opera Mini browser for Android devices and added video compression to improve playback and reduce data usage. Opera says the Video Boost tool should cut down buffering times and provide smoother performance on mobile devices when streaming video over cellular networks.
Opera Adds Video Downloader to Mini for Android
People who use Opera Mini on Android devices now have the ability to download videos directly from the browser. Opera Software updated Mini with a tool for saving videos to a phone for offline playback.