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Today Opera has taken its Opera Mini web browser for Android smartphones out of beta.  Opera Mini 5.1 is expected to offer a richer and better performing web browsing experience while on the go and now allows users to set Opera Mini as the default browser for surfing the net and also has bolstered page layout on Android devices with with large screens. Opera Mini is available now via the Android Market or m.opera.com for free.

Opera Mini is probably the most popular mobile web browser out there. It makes sense that Android has now received the anticipated upgrade to Opera Mini 5. To put things into perspective, Opera Mobile 4 was made available for Android just over a year ago and since then it has been widely used as an alternative to the native Android browser on most Android based phones or devices. The most noteable updates include the tabbed browsing, which has been available for the Symbian phone version for a while. Indeed, pretty much every smartphone browser supports this now anyway. Also, you…

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An exciting press release from Opera suggests that we can look forward to Opera Mini running on Android very soon. As you may be aware, MWC takes place next week from the 15 February. “The GSMA GSM Association Mobile WorldCongress is the combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a congress featuring prominent Chief Executives representing mobile operators, vendors and content owners from across the world.” This is always a great event and a perfect place for Opera to reveal their latest revelations. Opera will unveil a host of other Opera-powered devices at its exhibit. Check…

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Opera’s CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, told PCMag.com today that his company is currently working on a version of Opera Mobile for the Android platform.  The Opera Mobile browser is already available on Symbian and Windows Mobile, and is a pretty nice browsing platform, to be sure. But it remains to be seen whether or not people will care on Android, which already has a very nice Webkit-based web browser of its own.  In any case, von Tetzchner only said that the company was working on a version of Opera Mobile for Android, and did not promise that it would actually…

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Our friend Eric Zeman over at PhoneScoop.com received an email from Opera last night with a list of Android related bug fixes addressed in the 4.2 version of Opera Mini.  The fixes should make the browser much more viable for Android users, though I have to admit that I have yet to try it out myself. According to Opera, the major fixes include: Access to the SD card for uploading and downloading, and for saving pages Video playback hand-off, when needed, to the OS Double tap zoom and unzoom Built-in URL input box Corrected password entry handling Fixed problems with…

Today Opera announced that it has developed a version of the Opera Mini web browser for the Google Android platform. This early preview version of Mini for Android can be downloaded from the Opera Labs website. Opera is asking for feedback from the Android developer community so that it can prepare for making a true beta version of the application available. Opera’s Chris Mills has posted additional information on the Opera Labs website, explaining why the company chose to develop for Android, as well as how they went about it technically. Due to resource limits, it seems that Opera chose…