Following up on yesterday’s release of new Opera Mini Beta, the official Opera Mini Blog published a short list of the main enhancements in Beta 2.
It includes an explanation of the new “Progressive Loading” feature in this release. According to Opera, “your browsing experience will be faster and better” with progressive loading because pages are loaded in chunks allowing the page to start displaying sooner. I was surprised because I hadn’t noticed that Beta 2 was any faster than Beta 1.
Today I ran a test loading by Wikipedia’s 1871 KB “USA” page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA) in both browsers on a Nokia N95-3 using the same WiFi connection and the same settings (mobile view:off, image quality:high, font size:small and protocol:socket). With both versions of the browser the results were identical! The page stated to appear and could be navigated after 11 seconds and was fully loaded in 15 seconds. I’m sure that there are some changes in the code to implement progressive loading but the benefits to the end user are not obvious.
I’m not complaining. Opera Mini is, as always, blazing fast. Test after test, both my own and others, have shown it to be the fastest mobile web browser – period. But I am wondering if anyone has found any pages that do load faster in the latest Beta.