Unlike iOS and Windows Phone devices, Android devices can use whichever browser they want, including a different rendering engine. This has led to the likes of Firefox being available on Android, as well as the full Opera browser. While there are lots of browsers out there that do many of the same things as their peers, Opera Mini is one browser that's more than content with bucking the trend of offering the same feature set as others. Opera Mini has been around for some time now, and it's unique feature is saving people money by compressing webpages. This means the user consumes less data from their data allowance and it also helps speeds things up in emerging markets where 3G networks are few and far between. Now, it's gotten a fresh coat of paint, along with some more advanced features.
For a long time, Opera Mini didn't really look like a modern mobile browser, however this is changing with their latest update which brings a fresh look and feel to the app, bringing it in line with the beefier Opera browser. First thing's first, the Opera Mini browser now looks and feels much more like the full fat Opera browser, which makes it blend in better with the latest versions of Android. Also, there's a new Speed Dial here, which Opera fans of old will know and love, and on top of all that the Discovery Feed is added in this update. Opera's Discovery Feed collects popular stories from around the web and puts them front and center to make it quick and easy to read the daily news or keep up-to-date with the latest buzz around the web.
Opera is looking to become one of the biggest mobile browsers around the world these days, with a big push to reach hundreds of millions by 2017. Right now, the company has 130 Million users around the world using their browsers and they want to push this to 275 Million over the next two years. Opera Mini may be their key to success. In emerging markets like India, and booming ones such as China, where 3G is hard to find let alone 4G, users will be looking for a way to make the web faster and to save on data. Opera Mini offers all of that in a simple, and easy-to-use package.