Opera Software releases a beta of Opera Mini 4.2, the next version of the company's browser for mobile devices. The Opera Mini browser is the most popular browser for mobile devices and smart phones, Opera says. Meanwhile, Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner calls on Microsoft to beef up its Web standards support in Internet Explorer.
has released a preview of Opera Mini 4.2, the newest version
of the company's mobile Web browser, which works on almost every mobile phone,
the company said.
With this beta release, Opera celebrates Opera Mini being the browser of
choice for more than 20 million unique monthly users worldwide, the company
said. As part of the celebration, Opera Mini users in the United
States and Asia-Pacific region can now
experience faster browsing speeds, due to the addition of an Opera Mini server
park in the United States,
Opera officials said.
Opera Mini is available to download for beta testing here.
"The number of people using Opera Mini worldwide proves that there is a
true revolution going on: People want to access all their favorite Web sites on
the mobile phone they have today," Opera CEO
Jon von Tetzchner said in a statement. "We constantly focus on developing
a faster and more personal browsing experience. Opera Mini 4.2 Beta is an
update that takes mobile Web browsing to the next level."
Company officials said Opera Mini 4.2 Beta provides a more personalized
experience with its selection of new skins and improved support for YouTube and
other mobile video services on a wider selection of mobile phones. Improvements
in Opera Link allow users to share notes between their mobile phones and PCs,
in addition to their bookmarks and recently visited URLs, the company said.
"Opera Mini is a mobile application to be reckoned with," Yankee
Group Vice President John Jackson said in a statement. "We have witnessed
a 10 percent average growth in the number of Opera Mini users worldwide every
month, with every indication that the trend will continue. As the browser keeps
improving in speed and functionality and end-user awareness expands, Opera
Mini's popularity [among] users worldwide should continue to grow."
In an interview with eWEEK at the Symbian Smartphone Show in London
in October, von Tetzchner said the Opera Mini browser is the world's No. 1.
"We are the leading mobile browser and there are about 25 million to 30
million users of our desktop browser across the world," he said.
Meanwhile, von Tetzchner said Symbian is a very important platform for
Opera, because "we offer being able to access the Web from
Moreover, von Tetzchner said Opera is making developers' lives easier by
providing what is basically a unified code base for different devices, and also
providing debugging and development tools for developers.
He also chided Microsoft for its standards support, or lack thereof, in the Internet
Explorer browser. Although he acknowledged that Microsoft has gotten better at
adhering to Web standards, "for years Microsoft wasn't acting. However,
the Web standards are developing again and, hopefully, Microsoft is moving in
the right direction. We have to make sure Microsoft adheres to Web standards.
The browser contest has become one of seeing who has the best standards
In addition, von Tetzchner said Opera is able to
innovate because "what we do is we only focus on browsers, so we are very
focused on the end user. We are a company that focuses on one thing and that
leads us to innovate."