Opera Mini has now updated its Android app with support for 13 India languages namely Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayam, Punjabi, Oriya, Marathi, Tamil, Telegu and Urdu. This moves apparently comes a Republic Day gift to many an Opera user in India waiting to browse in their native language.
Native language is still a major barrier in India when it comes to internet consumption. While other software companies have taken up the challenge, Opera was quite late in adding multi language support. Still better late than never.
Christin Uribe, Product Manager for Opera Mini said, "We are continuing our efforts to bring the internet to as many people as possible, not only by making it possible to access the internet on low-bandwidth networks with our compression technology, but also by making sure that our browser is easy for anyone to use and understand. The improved language support is an important part of our efforts."
Besides the addition of new languages Opera has also introduced a QR code reader and generation within the browser itself. As you might be aware, QR code reader is something that is increasing getting popular in India. So much so that even a smartphone maker like Xiaomi has incorporated the QR code reading feature in their latest ROM.
"More products and services use QR codes as an easy way to give users access to web content. On a mobile phone, typing long URLs can be challenging and frustrating. With a QR code, just do a quick scan with your phone's camera, and you're on your way.
We've also included a QR code generator, so if you want to share a link with a friend nearby, you can create a QR code to any page yourself. We've done a lot of research on how to improve downloads in the browser, as we know it's something many users care a lot about. We've made loads of improvements and tweaks lately to improve the stability and speed of downloads," added Uribe.