Opera have announced a new version
of the Opera Mini 4 browser for Android-based devices such as the T-Mobile G1. The updated browser - which can be downloaded now from the Applications > Communications category in the Android Market - is in fact the first non-beta version of Opera's software for the platform, and brings with it new features such as file uploads and downloads, support for video playback and double-tap zoom control.
Opera first released a version of their Mini smartphone browser for the Android platform shortly after the OS itself was launched. However certain missing features - notably the app's previous inability to call the video viewer - generally left users straddling both the standard browser and Opera Mini.
With this new update, which also brings with it a number of bug fixes, G1 users have the choice to leave behind the standard browser and switch completely to Opera Mini. The app is a free download.
Changes from the beta version:
- Now you can upload and download files through Opera Mini and save pages for offline viewing
- Videos will be redirected to the system's video player
- Double tap now works for zooming in and out
- Inline URL entry instead of using native input
- Fixed password text entry to hide characters
- Fixed problems with exiting application when back button was pressed
- Improved trackball speed
- All internal pages, like the start page, now have font size extra large for easier navigation