Opera Mini v4.2 Beta Released

Opera MIni Palm OSOpera Software has released a new beta version of its Opera Mini mobile web browser. Opera Mini v4.2 beta brings a number of new enhancements including faster speeds and the return of a collection of browser skins.

Opera has added a new "server park" for users in the US, which should significantly boost speeds for users in the United States and Asia-Pacific regions. v4.2b also brings back a selection of user selectable skins, improved support for YouTube and other mobile video services on a wider selection of mobile phones. Improvements in the company's Opera Link allow users to sync notes between their mobile phones and PCs, in addition to their bookmarks and recently-visited URLs.

The number of people using Opera Mini worldwide proves that there is a true revolution going on: people want to access all their favorite Web sites on the mobile phone they have today," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. "We constantly focus on developing a faster and more personal browsing experience. Opera Mini 4.2 beta is an update that takes mobile Web browsing to the next level."

Users can download the latest version by visiting mini.opera.com/beta on your phone. In order to use Opera Mini with a Palm OS device you need to have the Palm Java Micro Environment installed. Since Palm no longer distributes the JVM you need to already have it installed or find an alternate source (download link) for it online. Also see our recent article on Palm OS web browsing for the optimal Java settings for Opera Mini on Palm OS.

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Does this run well on the Centro?

jeffhoward001 @ 11/11/2008 9:56:29 AM # Q
I was previously running this on my TX, but it ran pretty dumpy if I recall...

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Tungsten T -> Palm TX -> TX & Centro (Good combo so far!)

RE: Does this run well on the Centro?
hkklife @ 11/11/2008 10:27:29 AM # Q
I'd IMAGINE so: fewer pixels to push around on the Centro + the usual NVFS/OS optimizations due to being a newer device + additional DBheap/cache memory allocation...so all signs would point to it running at least marginally better.

I still doubt it'll be snappy enough to be replacing anyone's Blazer for day-in, day-out usage however. Keep us posted if you get a chance to play with it.

Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p

RE: Does this run well on the Centro?
Gekko @ 11/11/2008 11:15:17 AM # Q

i thought centro had same number of pixels as treo but centro has smaller screen so pixels are pushed closer together giving centro better resolution appearance?

RE: Does this run well on the Centro?
hkklife @ 11/12/2008 8:44:10 AM # Q
Yes but he was talking about the TX (320x480). All Palm OS smartphones from Palm are 320x320. But yeah, the Centro does have greater pixel density due to the smaller LCD so things do look crisper. I'd still take the physically larger LCD personally.

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RE: Does this run well on the Centro?
joad @ 11/15/2008 7:25:23 PM # Q
Palm could jam 320x320 into a watch and probably achieve an HD Palm... but there's a certain benefit to having a screen big enough to read and navigate comfortably. Palm has this nano obsession on their brains, and yet the Treo is a damn good size for an adult hand. The screen could be brought out to the edge with a little envelope pushing, but killing the battery life in favor of "smaller and smaller" ain't a good idea for a communication device.

Every time I look at a TX screen I cry for what I gave up just to have a converged device. Smaller ain't always better.

Paying my annual PDA update tax to Palm since 1997.

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Does this run well on the Centro

whiteasianrose @ 11/11/2008 1:16:22 PM # Q
overall it runs pretty well; not as fast as blazer nor quite as stable but if you want to see more and have a slicker interface while browsing i think its a winner

the touch screen scrolling and zoom are nice features and work really well and pages render much more natively than they obvously do on blazer

RE: Does this run well on the Centro
jptx @ 11/12/2008 5:03:02 AM # Q
WHat version of java do you need for it to run?

RE: Does this run well on the Centro
whiteasianrose @ 11/12/2008 1:28:11 PM # Q
you don't need java just the IMB JVM (java virtual management?) tool that you can DL
don't have the link handy but you can find it easily doing a search for it

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Gekko @ 11/11/2008 2:09:13 PM # Q

God forbid Palm puts another nickel back into Blazer and improves it!

RE: Blazer
bbtkd @ 11/11/2008 5:37:18 PM # Q
Exactly. I can't believe the crapware that gets released and never fixed. When I was a programmer I was never satisfied until it was perfect. Palm must layoff or reassign programmers after a release since nobody seems to be taking ongoing responsibility to tweak code...

RE: Blazer
joad @ 11/15/2008 7:27:10 PM # Q
I think they sent that crew into the large department that spends their days pulling randomly from a "Crayola 64" box - in other words they "innovate" for the Centro.

Paying my annual PDA update tax to Palm since 1997.
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Bookmark syncing

sremick @ 11/12/2008 7:34:05 AM # Q
I couldn't care less about syncing my Opera/PC and Opera Mini bookmarks. I don't use Opera on the desktop... that's what Firefox is for. What I want is a way to sync/backup my Opera Mini on one device with Opera Mini on another.

Considering that Opera already has the infrastructure in-place with the whole MyOpera website thing, the lack of this feature is inexcusable. I get really tired having to re-enter my bookmarks every time I use a different mobile device (Palm, cell, Blackberry...)

Requests for this for years by many people on the Opera Mini forums have fallen on deaf ears.

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When a converter for 'micro-USB to 3.5mm plug'?

Bix826 @ 11/17/2008 6:03:43 PM # Q
I recently replaced a 3-year old Treo 650, with a Treo 800w. The move toward a Windows platform was not my preference (I was comfortable with the Palm software options), but I adapt readily.

However, while I understand the move toward simplicity & standardization, there should at least be a converter plug for the 800w, to allow for other brand (even expensive noise-cancelling type) headphones. Mine are necessities during air travel, etc. - plus, they effectively amplify the sound signal, which would come in handy with the anemic volume capabilities of the new Treo.

Is something in the works??

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