New Opera Mobile and Mini Betas - New Features, Fixes and Reduced Memory Usage

Opera Mobile 10 Beta 2 - BBC Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 - Shortcuts

Wowser! Opera Software released a second Beta of both Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5 today.  I really didn't expect a new release until after the holidays.  I've been playing with the new versions for about an hour now and I like what I see. Here are my impressions.

The big changes are the addition of some of the most requested features that were missing from the first Beta

  • Opera Link which synchronizes bookmarks, speed dial shortcuts and custom search shortcuts between multiple copies of Opera Mini, Mobile and Desktop.
  • A Download Manager that lets you download in the background and view a list of completed and in process downloads with options to Pause, Open, Delete or  Clear any of the downloads.
  • Pressing # or * now brings up a list of available shortcuts as it does in Opera Mini 3.1 and 4.2.  And there is a  "Cancel" option now that lets you escape from accidental presses of # and *.
  • You can switch from inline to  full-screen editing on a field by field basis without going into the settings menu.  When you are in an edit field in inline mode a long press on the "OK" button (or screen on touchscreen phones) brings up a context menu (image, bottom right) with the "Fullscreen Edit" option.  Both input methods have their advantages. With Inline mode you can see the rest of the screen - especially handy when entering Captchas. Fullscreen editing enables t-9 and symbol mode and allows copy and pasting to and from the system clipboard.
  • On touchscreen devices, the virtual keyboard now offers an "Enter" key when editing multi-line  fields (image, bottom left).

I suspect that there are a lot of bug fixes in the new releases as well.  I noticed a couple in Opera Mobile 10.

  • Opening Google Groups or vBulletin sites like HowardForums in mobile view no longer causes Opera Mobile 10 to hang.  However switching from mobile to desktop view in Google Groups now crashes Opera Mobile 10 on my Nokia N95-3.
  • Opera Mobile 10 seems to shut down more cleanly. When I exited Beta 1 the Opera Mobile process would appear keep running in the Task manager for a minute or two and attempting to restart Opera while it was in that state would fail.  I'm able to close and immediately reopen Beta 2.

Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 - Opera Link Opera Mobile 10 Beta 2  - Download Manager

Opera 10's memory footprint is noticeably smaller in Beta 2. I repeated the memory tests that I ran on Beta 1 with new release.  Results are summarized in the table below. The first number  represents the amount of free memory on the device after loading the browser and each of 3 large pages in separate tabs. The second number is the amount of memory consumed by the browser at that point. While Opera still uses a lot of memory and will probably never work very well on phones with very limited memory like the original N95-1, it's really no worse in memory consumption than the Nokia Webkit browser when browsing large pages.

Opera Mobile 10 Beta 1 Opera Mobile 10 Beta 2 Nokia Browser
Browser Only 82/11 82/11 88/5
GoMo News 2.3 MB 56/37 72/21 71/21
BBC Homepage 455 KB 52/41 67/26 65/28 *
Wikipedia USA 1.7 MB 38/55 50/43 43/50

* The Nokia Browser was unable to display the BBC homepage, only showing the top header.

The new Beta is a huge step forward.  Opera Link and easy switching between inline and full-screen editing are two things I really missed in the first Beta.  But I still have a short wish list of items that I hope to see fixed or changed  in the final release of both browsers. Most of these are features that were present in previous Opera Mini versions but are missing in Mobile 10 and Mini 5

  • Fix Mobile View so that it works properly on all pages. The Mobile View setting still seems to be ignored and horizontal scrolling is necessary on many pages including, all Blogger sites and
  • I'd really like to see an option to open a link in a new tab in the background without switching to that tab.
  • Bring back the shortcut (#3 in Mini 3 and 4) to jump to the top and bottom of long pages.
  • Make scrolling in Mobile View on non-touch devices work like it does in Opera Mini 4.2 where left and right keys scroll up and down a page at a time and the up and down keys jump between links.  The fussy mouse cursor adds no value and makes it unnecessary difficult to click links and check-boxes.
  • Bring back all the options that were in the "1" key context menu in Min 4.2; especially the mobile view toggle, and  the "link information" option.
  • Support for more devices would be nice.  Of the three phones I currently use only one, a Nokia N95-3, can run Opera Mini 5 Beta 2.  The others, a new but low end Motorola i776 and an old but relatively powerful BlackBerry 7100i both work very well with Opera Mini 4.2 but fail to install the new version.  I'm not a Windows Mobile user but I know a lot of you would like to see Opera Mobile 10 running on Windows Mobile Standard (non-touch) devices which are still being manufactured and seem quite popular.

Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 - Enter Key Opera Mini 5 Beta 2  - Full Screen Edit

Read more about the new features in Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 at:

For Opera Mobile Mobile 10 Beta 2 visit:

To download either version directly to your phone go to:

10 thoughts on “New Opera Mobile and Mini Betas - New Features, Fixes and Reduced Memory Usage

  1. Dennis: thx 4 add search engine tutor!!
    thought there is no way.
    just adding to it: don't try clicking on opera's search box in titlebar like me, but in text box inside web page. and you can add google twice and then change one to whatever else manually through manage.
  2. "I would love to see home page and bookmark functionality between mini and mobile shared."

    They already are if you use Opera Link you will have the same bookmarks and home page Speed Dials on OPera Mobile, Mini and desktop. Just go into Settings and enable Opera Link.
  3. It’s nice to have Opera Link in it. The problem is, it does not work for me. I log in, it says it’s synchronizing, and it’s done, but my bookmarks are nowhere to find…

    It tries to sync Speed Dial entries too – with a bit more success…
  4. So operamini development siezed for lower end, low memory phones or there will be a 4.3 or 4.5 for phones which can not run operamini 5 ??
    If it is true then i will stick to that bolt browser.
  5. Sujeewa, I'm puzzled by the progressive loading feature too. I've always been able to start reading and interacting with pages while they were still loading in Opera Mini. I don't really notice any difference in how quickly a page appears between Beta 1 and Beta 2
  6. Good review. Ofcourse still there lot of improvement to be done as you said.
    In the present version, there is 'manage search engines' in drop down search box. I could only edit the already present google and wiki searches, can't add a new one. As it was present in 4.2. Is there any way to do that apart from syncing? Thanx :)
  7. Thanks for the nice review, Dennis. As you say, Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 is a huge improvement on the rather crippled Beta 1. Opera Link nicely synchronized my bookmarks from Opera Mini 4.2 and even the search engines from Opera 10.10 that I use on my PC. The download manager and improved functioning of the menus add to the value too. And this version has progressive loading of pages that makes them load in chunks as it seems. Could you explain how this would improve performance of the browser?

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