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Opera Mini Beta Version 4.1 Released

Josep just let me know that the rumored Opera Mini 4.1 Beta has just been released today. I don’t remember where I first heard about this beta but I guess they were spot on. There are some really cool features in the new version!

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You can pick up the new version by going to www.operamini.com/beta from your BlackBerry browser. You need to select the last link with no certificates for your BlackBerry. You can also download it for desktop installation from the same link.

The new version of Opera Mini must have gotten on a diet because I don’t remember the application only being 173Kb.

According to the Beta website these are the new features:

Now even faster

Prior to this release, we upgraded our servers and Opera Mini now receives your requested web pages up to 50% faster. So you can now access sites like Facebook, BBC, and any of your other favorite web sites even faster, with Desktop-like speeds.

Find things faster

Even though scrolling to your Web content is already easy with Opera Mini, the new Opera Mini 4.1 beta lets you search for text within a Web page so you can get to the information you need even quicker than before.

Get your to your web sites faster

Now you can stop wasting time typing in full web addresses more than once while browsing. When typing web addresses, Opera Mini 4.1 beta will recognize and suggest completions for you based on your Bookmarks and browsing history, making address input faster, easier and much more intuitive.

Download and upload files

On phones with JSR-75, you can now upload and download files using Opera Mini 4.1 beta, without being re-routed to your phone’s native browser. Update your blog while on the go. Upload photos to your web site or social network. Add attachments easily to web-based email, and download other non media-rich content to your phone using Opera Mini 4.1 beta.

Save it for later

On phones with JSR-75, Opera Mini 4.1 beta lets you save pages for offline viewing so you can quickly access and read your desired Web content, even when you’re on a plane, in the subway, or in other places where you can’t get network reception. Depending on your phone, you may need to choose a destination folder for storing pages for offline viewing.

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  1. I can’t believe they didn’t import my L O N G bookmark list from 4.0. I love this browser, but bookmark management really sucks!

  2. I was able to update bookmarks with Opera Sync, but I wish it would transfer them locally when I install the update instead.

  3. I agree Ron, but it was really easy for me to install, and then enter in my Opera user/pswd to sync my bookmarks. No big deal right?

    I was only annoyed I had to extra uninstall OperaMini 4.0 afterwards, and that it didn’t just install over top of it. Aren’t we a bunch of complainers. Well done Opera!!

  4. I think the app didn’t replace 4 because it’s a beta so it’s meant to be installed along-side the production version.

    So far I like the speed and the interface improvements; good job Opera!

  5. Well, I installed this on my VZW 8830 and after trying to use it to download an MP3 podcast from another BB site, my BB data connection locked up completely and had to battery pull to get my BB working again. I’ve removed it. I had high hopes if only for the ability to download large files to my device (like podcasts), but no joy. Heck, I couldn’t even get it to let me “paste” a URL from an email or viigo or whatever into the browser address bar!

  6. Hmmm…reading up some more on JSR-75, I think either RIM’s implementation or Opera’s use on a BB may not be up to spec for downloads to work properly. I noticed may times trying to do something in this beta that over and over again I got the “application requests access to network resources” prompt requiring me to approve many times in order to do much of anything with it. Maybe there’s some security setting that needs to be modified, but shouldn’t the default app install set the proper permissions for the browser to actually FUNCTION like a web browser? I’m not on BES so my device isn’t overly restricted (that I know of).

  7. Well, Opera Mini won’t work with BIS. I’ve installed it several times on my Berry and it never worked. It complains there is no connection available.

  8. @Luciano:
    “Won’t work”? I’ve had this and prior versions “work”, just not reliably or as integrated as RIM browser.

    Me, I’m not going to waste my time or effort on any 3rd party browser again until it can replace RIM’s as the default browser. The OS obviously already has hooks in it for some other browser to be default.

  9. DavidB, does your carrier let you use their APN? Mine doesn’t. It’s BIS or nothing. Under these circumstances, a few applications won’t get a connection at all. Opera has been one of them so far.

  10. Sorry, not sure what that means?
    Never had an app that is supposed to be able to access the internet not be able to access, either from this VZW 8830 or my prior NXTL 7100i.
    Though I did get constant yes/no prompts from this Opera to access network which I don’t recall from other apps.

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