Opera does the robot for Google’s Android

Opera Mini for Android released

Oslo, Norway – April 10, 2008

Opera Software today announced that the globally acclaimed Opera Miniâ„¢ browser for mobile phones is available for the Android platform. Today’s technical preview release is available at labs.opera.com, inviting the Android development community to test the fresh build and share feedback with Opera for the forthcoming beta. Opera Mini for Android makes the company’s fast-performing and device-adapting Web experience available to any range of handset built on Android.

Opera is renowned for its cross-platform portability and today’s release embraces the Android platform in Opera’s commitment to making the best Internet experience available on any device.

“Today we’re glad to deliver our mass-market mobile browser to the Android development groups,” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Opera Mini will be able to empower users of Android-based handsets with access to all of their favorite Web sites with popular features for smooth effects and scalable, tailored viewing.”

Opera Mini, boasting more than 40 million users worldwide across mobile platforms, enables Web browsing from low-to-high resource handsets by compressing data at a remote server before sending content to the phone applet for rendering. With a simple, user-friendly interface, Opera Mini powers innovative features for real, desktop-like Web browsing from a mobile phone, including Small Screen Rendering, Zoom, synced bookmarks and integrated Google search. With Opera Mini optimized for Android, open handset developers can include a tried and tested, full Internet experience.

For more information or to download the Opera Mini for Android technical preview, visit: http://labs.opera.com/.

Cumulative statistics on Opera Mini since first release in January 2006:

  • Downloaded and used by more than 40 million users worldwide
  • Viewed more than 15 billion pages
  • Distributed by eight major handset manufacturers worldwide
  • Distributed by more than 15 major carriers worldwide