Opera has launched a beta version of the Opera Mini 4.2 today. The upgrade from version 4.1 to 4.2 sees some much expected additions to the features list. Although we did want some more (how about multiple page support?), the current revisions should keep hard-core Opera fans a happy lot.
So whats new?
Well, to start with, support for YouTube and video sharing websites has been enhanced. You can now select multiple themes and change the look of the browser. Apart from this, there has been small improvements in the Opera link feature using which users can now share notes between their mobile phones and PCs. This was limited to bookmarks and recently visited URLs in the previous version. Along with this release, Opera is also launching a new server park in the United States. This will mean faster browsing speeds for users in the U.S and the Asia Pacific.
I did get a chance to compare the browsing speeds between the new beta and the previous stable version and the new one did seem faster. Now, these tests were completely unscientific and are not to be seen as a "verdict" of sorts.
The YouTube streaming was flawless. However, I did try out Opera 4.1 with an older Sony Ericsson K750i and it had no problems playing the YouTube video. I am yet to ascertain if the YouTube support enhancement is noticeable only with select handsets.
As for Series 60 phones, with Opera Mini 4.1, the "watch video" option used to open up in the default browser and users got the "start stream" link -- similar to what Sony Ericsson users get now. With version 4.2, its one-click less and the video starts playing directly in RealPlayer.
I will leave you with the "unboxing" pictures of Opera Mini 4.2. All pictures are from an N73. I did try the browser on a Sony Ericsson K790i and all the functions worked seamlessly.
Starting the installation
Yes! Its version 4.2!
Notice the new features?
The Opera Mini 4.2 Home page
The option for changing skins
Applying a skin
New look Opera Mini!
Connecting to YouTube
YouTube on your phone!
Now we know this is kinda cruel -- just for fun sake, we did an Acid3 test on the both the versions of Opera Mini. These are just for the "geek value" and an Acid3 test is not designed for a mobile browser. However, guess what? In our tests, the older version did score marginally better. Have a look at the screenshots!
On the 4.1
On the 4.2
Opera Mini 4.2 Beta is now available for download. The new skins and the added features will definitely keep you busy!