Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 now available for Android, Symbian^3 demo video

Opera Mini is one of the most common mobile browsers available if not the most popular and besides providing compatibility for almost all kinds of phones from different manufacturers, also helps out with your budget by cutting data costs and improving speeds and this latest release sees it available for the Android on the Android market place. Symbian^3 which was officially announced for release at the MWC 2010 is starting to get closer to an actual commercial release and a demo is shown in a video after the break.

First of all, Opera Mini has been available for Android for quite a while now, so what has changed that we are talking about it now? Well for one thing, this release is the Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 version which sees various improvements including a download manager and a password manager too. More importantly however, with this latest release, Opera Mini has gone native for Android (similar to last week’s post where Opera Mini was made available for Windows Mobile devices and worked natively on WinMo).

What this essentially means is that by removing the dependence on Java based compatibility and running natively on Android, Opera Mini should now run faster. That is the main advantage that we can see, however tabbed browsing, speed dialing, bookmarks, saved pages, and improved compression for faster loading of pages means that the Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 mobile browser is definitely something to test out.

To get the Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 browser for Android phones, either search Opera Mini 5 in the Android market place, or go to m.opera.com/next using your Android browser.

Symbian^3 on the other hand, first announced at the MWC 2010 in Barcelona, Spain has so far failed to wow most users because instead of creating a next-gen user experience, the Symbian Foundation is instead playing catch-up to current mobile platforms such as Android, iPhone OS, webOS, etc.

Regardless, with this demo of Symbian^3 being run on a laptop does show some promise for Symbian^3 and surely this means that an actual working Symbian^3 handset is not far now. It also gives us great hope for the future and Symbian^4.

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