Opera is a well known third party browser that makes for a brilliant and user-friendly alternative to Google's Chrome or Apple's Safari browser. It is pretty popular among smartphone users, as it is one of the fastest mobile browser apps. To offer even better experience, the company recently updated its Opera Mini browser app to make it faster and better. Opera Mini's latest version brings features that can result in up to 90% saving in mobile data usage.
In its space, Opera Mini closely competes against the UC Browser, which is another alternative to the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firebox and other browsers. The Opera Mini app, however, beats the UC Web browser in speed tests, as held by the company, which show that surfing the web with Opera Mini is 72% faster than Google Chrome and 64% faster than UC.
With the latest update, the Opera Mini app has now become even more powerful, thanks to an array of new and interesting features. For instance, the app is capable of synchronizing data, blocking ads and compressing videos, most of which are not there on other browsers.
Overall, it combines good design with easy-to-use interface, resulting in smooth browsing experience. The company's vision is to connect the next billion to the internet through Opera Mini.
Today we compare the two, and list 7 top features of the Opera Mini which not only make it a better option than UC browser, but also an efficient browser in its segment.
The top features of Opera Mini are as follows:
Save time by accessing sites quickly with Speed Dial:
Opera Mini lets you save favorite websites to the Speed Dial list. The good part is that you are not restricted to save a limited number of sites, as the browser lets unlimited sites to be saved for accessing them via Speed Dial.
The feature makes the browsing faster, considering that you don't have to type in the address every time you wish to go to a specific site. Simply choose the desired site from the speed dial list from Opera Mini, and easily access websites just with a quick tap.
Loading time reduces with Video boost:
Most of us face buffering issue while watching a video online. However, with the latest Opera Mini browser, the company ensured that the user get best of video experience. As per the company claim, it is the first web browser that comes with video boost technology, which basically reduces the size of video data to let you watch videos without being bothered by slow buffering speed. The feature gives it an edge over its competitor UC Web browser for sure.
Now website shortcuts come to your homescreen:
It becomes really easy to launch a site, when you have its shortcut placed on the home screen itself. Apps already let you do that! Opera Mini lets you save your favourite/ often-visited sites to the phone's home screen.
Now you can access these sites quickly and also save space and RAM of your phone. The good part is that the website icon you save on home-screen looks like an app. All you have to do is click it to directly open the site in Opera Mini. The feature is not available on UC browser.
Downloading just got much simpler:
Streaming videos on slow mobile networks can be frustrating. Most users prefer downloading over streaming the same video again and again. Opera Mini features a built-in media player with the ability to download videos from popular social networking and news sites directly onto users' smartphone or memory card. Opera Mini's download manager lets you easily pause, resume and manage downloads between browsing sessions. UC has a long way to catch up on this .
In Built Ad Blocker to save data, and fasten up browsing:
Is'nt it irritating to see advertisements popping up on screen while you are browsing! Not only do advertisements irritate but also reduce browsing speed by making a page heavy. In such a case, ad blocker feature comes useful. Opera Mini is faster than ever, due to its new built-in ad blocker, which lets you get rid of unwanted ads.
With Ad blocker in place, webpages become lighter, resulting in 40% faster loading than with the ad blocker disabled. The browser also lets users monitor blocked ads. UC Web browser also allows ad block, however, Opera Mini is more efficient.
Supports 13 Indian languages:
Not all of users are comfortable with English as a language. Opera Mini's latest version supports over 90 languages, including 13 Indian languages: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. With Opera Mini being vernacular, the app simplifies web access for those have a non-English speaking background.
Stay online on any network and device:
Most of us suffer from sluggish network and internet connection speeds, which impact browsing experience from mobile devices. Opera Mini brings features that provide a smooth browsing experience even when mobile network speeds go weak.
The browser compresses data, which makes the websites and content light, resulting in faster loading even in lower network speed. The browser is good to operate on smartphones ranging from top end to low end segment because of it's small size and less memory requirements.
Features Night mode, Smooth UI and interface
Most of users use their phones for accessing internet in bed, at night. And using phone for long in dim light can have its negative effects on your eye. Opera Mini features a night mode that dims the effects of a bright screen using darker colors that are easy on your eyes while browsing in night or ambient light. Moreover, the app offers smooth UI and interface that is user friendly. The interface is simple enough for even new users to understand and get accustomed to it.