Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Sep 2007 14:27 UTC, submitted by Dr-ROX
Opera Software The second beta of the new Opera Mini 4 has been released. This beta includes a few long waited features, such as landscape viewing mode and multiple search providers (as in, not hardcoded to Yahoo only). The complete feature list is here, complete changelog here. Before downloading, you can try this simulator.
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Simulator
by Daniel Grimm on Sat 8th Sep 2007 14:37 UTC
Daniel Grimm
Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, either this simulator does not work or it simulates the speed of the GSM network. Anyway, I was not able to connect to a website - neither the pre-saved favourites nor any other URL I typed.

"Connecting..."

Reply Score: 6

RE: Simulator
by schoate09 on Sat 8th Sep 2007 20:32 UTC in reply to "Simulator"
schoate09 Member since:
2007-08-19

I get the same exact issue, "connecting...", and I'm trying it on Opera's latest stable desktop release for Windows.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Simulator
by malkia on Sat 8th Sep 2007 20:34 UTC in reply to "Simulator"
malkia Member since:
2005-07-17

Well, either this simulator does not work or it simulates the speed of the GSM network. Anyway, I was not able to connect to a website - neither the pre-saved favourites nor any other URL I typed.

"Connecting..."


Indeed, the problem is not in the simulation. In fact, it's rather proper one.

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: Simulator
by pseudocode on Sun 9th Sep 2007 11:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Simulator"
pseudocode Member since:
2007-05-30

On the phone simulator screen:

Menu > Tools > Setting: Protocol=HTTP [save] ;-)

Edited 2007-09-09 12:00

Reply Score: 3

Opera Mini 4 Beta 2
by lukic on Sat 8th Sep 2007 14:46 UTC
lukic
Member since:
2006-09-23

I am using it since last night and I must say that it's really great. Much better than Beta 1 which was giving me some erorrs from time to time. And it's also much faster.
Great job by Opera! Keep up with good work!

Browser: Opera/9.50 (J2ME/MIDP; Opera Mini/4.0.8993/58; U; en)

Reply Score: 2

this that would make me happy
by poundsmack on Sat 8th Sep 2007 16:07 UTC
poundsmack
Member since:
2005-07-13

I love all these mini browsers intended to run on java or .net or windows ce. but i wish they werent quite so limited to phones. example. I have a few customer build win ce 6.0 boxes. 1 POS and another i actualy use as an expirimental desktop, mostly for testing of the .Net apps i right to make them ass cross platform as possible (win32/64 linux WinCE) but I can not get any browsers (mozillas mini, opera, and even MS's beta of whatever that one was called) to work so i am stuck with a stripped down version of IE6 that comes with winCE. shot in the dark but anyone know of an alternative that will run on the x86 arch?

Reply Score: 3

Constantine XVI Member since:
2006-11-02

Try WebKit. It's open, and seems to be portable enough (Windows/KDE/GNOME/OSX/iPhone)

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A bit patience plz
by daleus on Sat 8th Sep 2007 21:19 UTC
daleus
Member since:
2007-09-08

Hey, their servers do handle a billion page reformattings per month.
I just created and activated my OSnews account and put this comment with OperaMini3.1 on my K600i.
It's convenient, the speediest Java stuff i know and free like in beer. And that's only the beta which is on strike today.

Browser: Opera/8.01 (J2ME/MIDP; Opera Mini/3.1.7196/1710; de; U; ssr)

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Who needs an iphone
by mcduck on Sun 9th Sep 2007 04:10 UTC
mcduck
Member since:
2005-11-23

Who needs an iphone, when opera makes the web just as nice on any phone with java. Great work!

Browser: Opera/9.50 (J2ME/MIDP; Opera Mini/4.0.8993/58; U; en)

Reply Score: 2

RE: Who needs an iphone
by sjette on Sun 9th Sep 2007 15:09 UTC in reply to "Who needs an iphone"
sjette Member since:
2005-11-08

Who needs an IPhone... Assuming you can actually read the pages on a 1 by 1 inch screen !!!

Just kidding !!! Now I wish my phone had a bigger screen.

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RE[2]: Who needs an iphone
by malkia on Sun 9th Sep 2007 19:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Who needs an iphone"
malkia Member since:
2005-07-17

On my HTC-XDA phone it's quite readble (but the display is 640x480).

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RE: Who needs an iphone
by Arun on Mon 10th Sep 2007 17:13 UTC in reply to "Who needs an iphone"
Arun Member since:
2005-07-07

Having just used opera mini 4 beta 1 on a w810i for 2 months and beta 2 for a few days I can say that opera is doing a fantastic job. However, having just bought an iPhone on friday I can tell you that I am not going back to browsing on my w810i. I have also used opera mini 4 beta on a blackberry, Samsung A707 sync (3G+) and a motorla ic902 (3G). There is no comparison between opera mini on any of those phones and the iPhones ease of browsing and integration.

You may find that the iPhone does not meet your needs, in that case Oper Mini 4 is an excellent product for most phones. Having used both I have to declare the iPhone a winner in browsing in my experince, YMMV.

Edited 2007-09-10 17:14

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I don't like it
by zugu on Sun 9th Sep 2007 10:07 UTC
zugu
Member since:
2007-08-28

The "zooming" thing is eating much more bandwidth than the rendering mechanism in Opera Mini 3. I also hate it.

The "free choice of a search provider" is BS, since Yahoo! is obviously the first choice and I can't choose Google if I want.

Really, since version 2, Opera Mini got bloated and useless.

Reply Score: 1

Slower lately
by djst on Sun 9th Sep 2007 10:23 UTC
djst
Member since:
2005-08-07

I've been using Opera Mini for over a year now, and recently the service has become much slower. I always thought it was my connection and patiently waited for the pages to load. But after testing with the built-in web browser of the phone, it turns out every page loads up immediately in that browser and there is nothing wrong with the connection.

Opera Mini is by far the most convenient mini-browser out there, but I'd rather have the page load immediately than waiting up to a minute for the Opera Mini page.

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RE: Slower lately
by mat69 on Sun 9th Sep 2007 10:48 UTC in reply to "Slower lately"
mat69 Member since:
2006-03-29

Maybe that's because more people use it.
As every page is send over a server of Opera and compressed there to be smaller for you - less overall download - a larger serverload could (?) result in slower speed for you.

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It broke my phone
by bousozoku on Sun 9th Sep 2007 18:28 UTC
bousozoku
Member since:
2006-01-23

Hmmm, it must be beta.

Beta 1 did pretty well, but while I was moving the cursor on beta 2, everything froze and suddenly got "Emergency UART", which was rather interesting. I even had to remove the battery to fix things. (Yes, I reported it to them.)

I never thought my phone would be so exciting. :-D

Reply Score: 1

doesnt work in my Blackberry pearl
by alejandrops on Mon 10th Sep 2007 12:59 UTC
alejandrops
Member since:
2006-06-01

doesnt work in my Blackberry pearl. Too bad, I donīt like the blackberry explorer.

Reply Score: 1