Opera releases download helper
20 November 2012, 17:09
Cape Town - Opera Software has released an updated browser that lets basic phone users download files with less hassle.
company released an updated version of its Opera Mini browser that
leads statistics on mobile devices along with a J2ME feature that
facilitates easier downloading of content.
"The Opera Mini 7.1
browser features a new, revamped download manager that lets the user
easily handle downloaded media such as documents, multimedia and other
content," Opera said.
Downloads can also be paused when a
connection is lost and it is automatically resumed when a connection is
available. This feature might be also be useful for prepaid users who
may run out of airtime credit during a download.
Opera is hopeful
that the growth of mobile devices will translate into wider adoption of
their browser which can save users costs because it compresses data.
mobile and desktop start blending with tablets et cetera - we have
around 250 million active users per month - on mobile and desktop.
these form factors become more common, I think we're in a good position
to have a lot of growth there," Opera's Nuno Sitima told News24.
feature phones, the software allows the user to open the files
directly, but on BlackBerry devices, the file is opened through the
According to StatCounter, Opera Mini is still the
leading mobile browser at a 22% market share, but Google's Chrome is
catching up quickly.
On desktops, Opera is a marginal player,
though it has a substantial following in Russia. Sitima attributed the
flat desktop growth to marketing spend.
"On the desktop, it's a
much more expensive market to break through because of the big players.
On mobile for us, we were a bit smarter: We understood the market
better, we tried to adjust a bit faster; we took that first mover
Opera Mini is a free download from the Opera Software website.
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