Opera Software is promising to make your Android smartphone even smarter with Opera Mini 7.5 for Android. The new Opera Mini for Android introduces ‘Smart Page’, which we had seen earlier in Opera Mini for J2ME, S60, and BlackBerry.
Smart Page acts as a new personalized home page, which gives you a birds-eye view of what’s happening. “There are just too many social networks, and I’m a busy man! Now, thanks to the Smart Page I can get all the updates at a glance, even from my favorite Danish newspapers. This is a real time saver!” remarked Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. Smart Page features three main categories of content:
- Social tab: This section allows you to get a glimpse of your Facebook, Twitter, and vKontakte streams at one place, without having to visit several webpages.
- My News: This section highlights latest news pulled from different sources. Opera Software claims that Opera Mini learns your preferences and interests from your browsing habits and showcases news that it believes you will be interested in.
- Suggested links: This section features a list of relevant links based on the region your Android phone is located. Some of the suggested links can be sponsored links from Opera’s partners.
Opera Mini’s initial claim to fame was its ability to compress webpages to reduce bandwidth bills and improve surfing speed on slower networks. Opera Mini 7.5 stays true to its tradition and is both light and fast. After using Chrome for Android, I can’t help but wish that Opera ditched its practice of having a consistent interface across platforms, and instead went with a more native appearance. However, Opera Mini is still one app that I will always have on my phone, simply because it can be a huge time and money saver when you are travelling or don’t have access to fast internet.