It’s been nearly 2 years since Opera mentioned that its products might make way to Windows Phone and Opera Mini is finally in the Windows Phone store. Although as a beta, one of the best mobile browsers (we’ve all loved it on Symbian and Java) is available for the Windows Phone users and as it seems pretty smooth, it should come out of beta sooner than expected.
Download Opera Mini for Windows Phone
As we now have a bunch of OEMs producing Windows Phone devices besides the usual Lumia series, the introduction of Opera Mini is kind of well timed. Users who registered for the Beta can now download the Opera Mini for Windows Phone directly from the Windows Phone Store. As Windows Phone does not support changing of Default Browser, the default will still be Internet Explorer.
Opera Mini for Windows Phone works on the same server compression tech that Opera Mini has been famous for years. It compresses the pages (by over 90%) and serves super light pages so that they load quicker and and look more optimized for the mobile screens.
For the dedicated Opera users, there is also the possibility of syncing Bookmarks across other devices using the Opera Link functionality. Besides that, the browser supports remembering passwords, multiple tabs, speed dials, smart page and saving webpages for offline access. It also comes with an inbuilt Download Manager.
The browser is actually very smooth and performs well even though it has that beta tag. However, there are certain hiccups like it cannot upload photos (or anything) from the SD Card as it is not yet integrated with the File Picker or maybe Opera is planning to keep its good looking File Selector instead of the File Picker. Whatever it be, we’ll be looking for further refinement as the app evolves.
Those who are not yet part of the beta can either choose to wait for the app to be publicly available
or else jump the queue and register themselves for the beta (it seems that the registrations for beta are closed) and start enjoying the world of Opera Mini for Windows Phone. BTW, is there a chance that Opera Mobile will also be coming to Windows Phone?