Hello, I’m Stefan Stjernelund, Team Director for the Mobile UX team situated in our office in Linköping, Sweden. I wanted to brief you about what the Opera Mini team in Sweden and Poland has built for Opera Mini 17, which we are proud to release today.

First of all, we decided it was finally time to give Opera Mini a little dash of color and a fresher look. But, we also know that not everyone likes the same scheme, so, while we were at it, we also introduced basic theme support. Maybe you’re one of those long time users who has always preferred the classic black color theme? Now you can pick your favorite flavor of Opera Mini!

Opera Mini 17

Data savings is a key feature in the Opera Mini browser, and we have reworked the data savings view to give it a nicer look and updated features. We understand it can be difficult to wrap your head around all those settings, so we’ve now made it easier for new users by automatically setting sensible defaults, depending on device type and regional characteristics.

Opera Mini 17

For those of you with a higher-capacity device and/or a better network (typically running with extreme-savings mode off), we have made site compatibility improvements to ensure the best possible browsing experience. But, if you run with extreme-savings mode activated, you won’t be left behind. You can enjoy additional data savings when browsing through sites, thanks to our latest technology improvements to the extreme-savings mode.

Another feature you’ll find in the data-savings view is an ad blocker. With this enabled, you gain access to truly optimal data savings, with our server-side ad blocking. The ads are gone before the page even reaches your phone! If your favorite site doesn’t like to have its ads blocked, don’t worry – switching this feature on and off is quick and easy, directly from the “O” menu. We have also added a nifty visual indicator, so you can see how this brand-new feature performs in real time.

Opera Mini 17

Are you a video lover? Then, we have some good news for you. You can now download and watch videos more conveniently with our new, built-in video player. We’ve also upgraded our unique video optimization technology for better support on popular video sites.

On larger devices, we bring you 5 columns of Speed Dial entries, for faster, easier access to more of your favorite sites.

That’s some of the highlights for this release, but we are already working on a lot of exciting features that we cannot wait to show you. So, keep an eye out for what we have in store for you throughout the rest of 2016.

Happy surfing!

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  • David Challinor

    Stefan Stjernelund, Team Director for the Opera Mobile UX team. Basic Theme Support, you can now change the colour of the search bar. What about the rest of the screen? For those who don’t use speed dials or have news turned on we are presented with a BIG WHITE SCREEN AND PULSING SITE ICON every time we open the app. Opera Coast allows you to chose the colour or use a photo as a theme. I WOULD JUST LIKE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A SIMPLE BLACK THEME instead. FANTASTIC, EXCELLENT, BRILLIANT BROWSER, just add black.

  • Flavoi

    Hey Vera, is Opera Mini 17 being released for iOS too?

    • Steve Camidge

      Opera Mini for IOS is still at version 14?

      • Flavoi

        Yep…

      • A. R.

        They are probably planning to ditch either Coast or Mini… Opera isn’t that popular in North-America – where most Apple kids cough.. users are.

        Then again the new Chinese overlords might throw big Gold Bricks for even Windows Mobile development (UWP).

    • damalyx

      two months later, we still stuck at 14
      considering opera mini in ios include turbo & mobile, i think the’re waiting for both to get a new version and then ship it

  • Ricardo

    Any UI improvements coming to Opera [not-mini] for Android?

    • ga_pechorin

      opera is making big improvements in opera mini to confuse opera users. you would believe opera for android is the best, but if you want ad blocking or cool interfce, you will have to install mini. great strategy from opera.

      my choice? chrome. it is worse, but i hate to feel that i am choosing the wrong app all the time. i consider user experience much more important than any other feature.

      • Ricardo

        I like Opera for Android because of the tabbed mode, even if Opera is missing some Chrome security updates (which is not very important for me because I don’t visit underground sites in phone, but can be paramount for others).
        Opera Mini, on the other hand, navigates very bad on good wireless; then, it’s not a choice for me most times.

  • Martin Stephenson

    I hope that you ditch the unecessary search catgory clutter on the home page

  • ga_pechorin

    i cant decide between opera mini and opera for android, mini had ad blocking and different colors, android has… i am not sure what, but it must be better some way, right?

    i have installed in my phone and tablet opera mini, opera mini beta, opera and opera beta and i never know which one i have to open, so i still use chrome 90% of the time.

    • xirit64

      You use Chrome, Chrome beta and Chrome dev at the same time so I’m sure you have no problem finding the right opera.

  • jedy123

    This article doesn’t mention which version of Opera Mini this is (figured out it’s Android). When are we going to see some much needed updates to Opera Mini on iOS? I’d like to b able to set a default search engine and more privacy controls for a start.

  • NoName

    This seems relevant for both Mini, Mobile and Max: https://twitter.com/chrismaddern/status/756612969807699968

  • Kaise Kamaye Tips

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  • Im in same idea with you. Opera Mini needs a bit visual improvement. Hope you can update it as soon as possible. Want to see visual changes so bad.

  • jay67

    Permissions excessive.