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Opera Mini browser beta for Windows Phone now available

Opera has now launched its first beta of its Opera Mini web browser for Windows Phone, a few days after it started taking email signups to try out the beta release.

Even though Opera seemed to suggest that only people who signed up for the beta test would have access to this early release, this first version is available for anyone to download. Keep in mind that this is a beta release, so there are bound to be some bugs and issues.

Here's a quick list of the Opera Mini's features:

  • Speed Dial - Set all your favorite websites on the home screen of the browser. Add as many entries as you like!
  • Smart Page - Smart Page gives you instant updates from all your social sites on one screen.
  • Tabs – Have more webpages open at the same time, allowing you to switch quickly between them while browsing.
  • Save pages - Save pages you like for later reading, or for times you're not connected to the internet.

What do you think of this early public version of Opera Mini for Windows Phone? Thanks to Tommy and others for the tips!

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559 Comments
  • Hahaha(evil laugh) m gonna test it nw..!!! ;)
  • Yeyyyy... Can download music from sites...
  • Really? YouTube and everything?
  • UC browser is able to do that since long
  • Yep, but uc lacks smoothness, i often read comics online and uc doesnt perform well opening web with many pictures in it.
  • I don't think so, UC browser preview is very smooth.
    BTW, Opera UI is so ugly, but why?
  • Wondering my self the same thing. Opera Mini never was the best good looking browser out there but the actual design looks so out of it's place on WP... But it's faster than UC Browser for me. Just hoping they would take note of user feedback.
  • Hi Bogdan, your feedback is important to us, and we have created a discussion thread on our Opera Forum. So please add your comment to the string (http://opr.as/q0m) and our developers will collect your feedback. /Espen
  • Its not opening in my Lumia 1520
  • The same on my 1020. It opens and then closes straight away.
  • You can also do this natively on WP8.1. :/
  • Thusharya , downloading. Mp3 files and mp4 was available since WP 8.1 is out , I've downloaded multiple. Mp3 songs , works perfect
  • I'm going to try it, downloading music would be awesome ... uc browser is okay but performs bad on a lot of sites I go to
  • Wpcentral website doesn't load up properly on opera mini
  • Hi Pierrerv, this is a beta version of Opera Mini and we are collecting all the user-feedback on the Opera Forums. So please join the discussions here http://opr.as/q0m and we have a look at it.  /Espen
  • Doesn't work.... I'm using WP 8.1 HTC 8x in Romania. It's stuck on the loading screen
  • Worked for me on 8.1 8X
  • You have to wait for the progress bar on the bottom to fill up...
  • It doesn't fill up for me Reinstalled it from SD to my phone memory, that didn't help. Also, why is there arabic text? Using Google translate, I worked out, it says something about Loading or Downloading (duh :D), but why in arabic?
  • Same thing as I got, with Arabic..not working
  • It tries to open but crashes, i've uninstalled, restarted phone, re-installed and no dice. 1020 on WP8.1 Cyan.
  • Yep, keeps crashing on my Nokia Lumia 920 with Cyan installed.
  • +1 on the crashing. I use Lumia 925 on T-Mo.
  • Hi MorbidFun,  We're sorry about the crashes, but a fix is now being implemented and it should be fixed soon. /Espen
  • Mine too starts up then crashes, 920 WP 8.1 Cyan
  • Hi Tom! Thanks for letting us know. Our developers are working on the crash-issue right now, and a fix should be available soon. /Espen :-) 
  • Mine worked earlier but now its crashing and doesn't open :(
  • My app was updated this morning, but it is still crashing
  • Me too...
  • Yup, we're onto it :-) A fix will be available soon. /Espen
  • does this have anything to do with ppl that arent using english language as default on the phone... it wont work... i used finnish lang and when i open it, it stucks on the loading screen and under it its written arabic language wors that i dont even understand, but when i change to english language it almost open the browser but it crashes at the same time wont open it at all :/ goes back to the app list i havent tried to change my country on my phone.... wonder what would happen after i do it
  • Hi TuanLVT, it seems that the crashes is not related to the language settings. Our developers will release a new build of the beta that should solve the issues. Sorry about this, but you'll soon be able to browse on the awesome Opera Mini ;-) /Espen
  • I just got new update today and it still does the same thing
  • Keeps crashing on my 8X (WP 8.1 DP).
  • Hi Petr2 we're currently working on fixing the issues with crashes, and a fix will be availble soon. Thanks for letting us know!  /Espen
  • Hi redmisfitx, thanks for your feedback. Our developers are now onto the bug, and a fix should be available soon.  /Espen
  • Same for me. I am using Lumia 920 Netherland CV, WP 8.1. IN Romania also... 
  • Thanks for the feedback Paul. Our developers are working on a fix right now, and a fix will be available soon. Hang in there :-) /Espen
  • Same problem here with Lumia 1020, stuck on the progress bar
  • Hi Christian, thanks for your feedback. We reallly would apreciate if you give add this to our Forum and we've have a look at it right away. http://opr.as/q0m /Espen
  • first though once I open this app is that this is a ported app. well, I would expect some MetroUI integration like UC did , its kinda cool an soft on my eyes
  • Testing 1 2 3
  • Me too...this was my go to app on my N8! Shame you still can't set a default browser of your choice though :/
  • mine is stuck on loading screen 
  • They should bring Regular opera.
  • They can't, the only rendering engine allowed on Windows Phone is Trident.
  • As you can see Opera Mini is using Presto. So, I guess you can do whatever you want.
  • You really have no idea how Opera Mini works do you? If you did then you would know that it renders the web page on a server using Presto and then sends it to the phone. You're thinking of Opera Mobile which renders pages using Presto on the device it's installed on rather than a server.
  • Where did they ever state that Trident was the only rendering engine allowed? To me, it seems more like other browser makers just can't be bothered with the effort required to port their browsers to Windows Phone.
  • opera uses presto.
  • Totally disappointed, not impressive. Old school version.
  • Hi Vicky, please send us your thoughts on our forum (http://opr.as/q0m) and we'll have a look at them :-) But, remember Opera Mini gives you really fast surfing and saves you a ton of data - not too bad either. Link to the Opera forum http://opr.as/q0m  /Espen
  • Sorry to hear Vicky, please give us your feedback in this post  on the Opera Forum (http://opr.as/q0m). We're collecting feedback from the users, so we can make the product even more awesome. Best, Espen 
  • No video playback. (PH)
  • Stuck on loading forever
  • Crashing before even start on Lumia 920
  • Hi, that's not how it supposed to be.  Please send us some more info about your experiences and our developers will have a look at it. The WP version, which device you're using and what sites you try to open is useful info to us.  Give us feedback here http://opr.as/q0m Best,
    Espen
  • Crashes on my L920 running DP 8.10.14157.200 and Black firmware. I have English as my primary language but also the language pack and keyboard for Thai installed.
  • Hope you like it Dhruv, and please let us know how you experience the beta of Opera Mini for WP. We've created a thread on the Opera Forums for user-feedback http://opr.as/q0m Happy surfing! Espen  
  • everything is ok... But can't play YouTube video...
  • My tube, metro tube, toib are the options.
  • i am not asking for other options... Just telling that cant play youtube videos on operamini
  • Yeah, he's reporting a bug in the beta browser not looking for alternatives though.
  • You can't play YouTube videos??? Wtf? For real??
  • Remember thIs is the first public release BETA.... It's gunna have some bugs...
  • its not a bug..its a limitation...so we need enhancement for the next version. It is working fine but if you can't play videos then it is crippled IMHO
  • It might just be me, but I hate that ie now plays videos in-page instead of in a separate window. I struggle to move it around to find the full-screen button. Besides it was awesome when I could choose to launch it in mytube.
  • Just flip it on its side and hit the Expand button. I prefer the way it does it now, since a lot of the videos I watch I just do it for the audio.
  • I just love how IE is now showing YouTube videos! Just awesome!
  • This is for metro tube but it works well. You might find this a decent solution. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FMNNbNOyNRQ
  • If you tap the video area twice it goes full-screen :)
  • Thanks for the tip!
  • Ive been using opera and opera mini since i had treo and windows mobile devices and opera mini has never been able to play videos and this continues to be true even on android. You guys will have to wait for opera mobile. The purpose of opera mini was always to be fast while saving you huge amounts of data. Everything else that you get is icing.
  • So I saves data like Nokia xpress browser does? Better, worse? Is out feasible to be used daily? It tops ie in other words?
  • Yup :)
  • It's not a bug, it's a feature.
  • I don't think it is a bug. It is Opera mini for a reason. All it carries is bare essentials required for browsing. Video watching I would presume it would come out on a full blown Opera browser whenever it launches.
  • It crashes on loading it's own welcome page for me. 925 with 8.1.1.
  • Hi Susmit257 That's not how it's supposed to be. Please add a comment in our Opera Forums http://opr.as/q0m so our developers can have a look at it right away. It's a beta version and all the user feedback is of importance,  Espen
  • Hi Susmit257, thanks for letting us know. We're working on fixing the issue about playing video on YouTube right now. The fix should solve this problem soon. Please let us know if you discover any other bugs or have any other requests - we're collecting user feedback here http://opr.as/q0m Best, Espen
  • who needs chrome we got IE and Opera (UC tooo)  lol, holy crap did any one figure how to set bing as a default search engine
  • Firefox to come soon then. But will wait for IE 12 as Microsoft is merging all their things. Btw the msn web site is fucking great.
  • Lol
  • Tmi.
  • FireFox?  Mozilla announced they killed the metro version of FireFox a while back due to lack of interest. I doubt they will invest in WP.
  • Yeah, that's pretty sad, as Firefox is my favorite browser
  • You should give Opera Mini a try ;-) /Espen
  • Haha, they released a really rubbish 'beta' and then cancelled it because no one was using it. No one used it because it was so bad, not because of lack of interest.
  • Kind of right and kind of wrong. The beta might have been rubbish..... but by definition beta's are filled with bugs. It was also a gen 1 release so it wasn't meant to come out the gate with the same features as it's bigger better Win32 application. But they never had more then a 1000 users beta testing it concurrently. That is a serious lack of interest.   
  • That's the wrong definition of Beta. Everyone forgets because devs keep reading buggy Betas, but a Beta is meant to be the final step before release. Buggy, in-progress software is Alpha. Firefox Metro was barely Alpha material, so no wonder it got a bad response when it was touted as being Beta.
  • Kind of depends. You are correct, again but  a lot of developers are using beta testing as a way of testing (potentially) bug filled code with the application being feature complete. Even MS does this. Internal testing (alpha). Developer Preview, external Beta testing. (Obviously Geared to Devs)
    Consumer Preview, further Beta testing. (Geared more towards the OS itself)
    Release Preview, Near RTM but further test out the OS(Yup, further beta testing).  Soooo. Yes you are right, I don't disagree with you except the Beta Definition is changing wether we like it or not.  Bugs should be expected and app shouldn't suck when they are released in beta but somtimes they are. 
  • Hi Nik We've have not cancelled anything, but launching a beta version of Opera Mini for Windows Phone. We're now collecting user-feedback so we can make it more stable and better. Please let us know what to improve in our Opera Forum thread http://opr.as/q0m. I guess downloading a browser that helps you save up to 90% data on the Internet isn't too bad ;-) /Espen
  • Haha .. They are talking bout Firefox metro beta . Lol
  • All good, I was referring to Firefox for Windows Store, not Opera Mini :) I will file a bug report though as its crashing on load for me. Thanks for the link!
  • Yes it's awesome and I love MS services showing up at the top! http://preview.msn.com
  • Tell me about it. I love how the MSN site integrates all the services. Little touches like the Outlook drop down are awesome. And the news is all relevant to me as well.
  • Go to Opreas add on center and install bing from there. Worked for me
  • i didnt get you...friend.. plz if u elaborate. wer is add on center and how to install bing.. but can we make it default browser in wp??
  • Click on the search box, click on the small drop down next to the default Google Icon, click on "Manage Search Engines", Click on ebay (or amazon or wikipedia), Title = Bing, Address = http://www.bing.com/search?q=%s Save   Or try Opera Link from PC
  • what if i have already deleted wiki,ebay and amozon search engines ...it does not show how to add one search engine
  • Go to any search site. Do a long press on the search box. Choose 'Add Search Engine'. Set the name as you would like it to appear, hit enter. That's it. It's not very intuitive, I had to Bing it to find out how to do it.
  • got it thanks man
  • I didn't see an option for bing..only options are amazon, wiki, google and one more..
  • I hope they will adapt a Modern UI eventually. Mini 8 looks terrific on iOS for example.
  • Yeah feels like one on nokia asha phone one :P.. Well the UC Browser prev. Is so awesome give it a try ..!
  • Uc preview telling me to login to Facebook every time I open it.. That sucks!
  • You're right! Opera Mini for iPhone looks beautiful.
  • God that UI........
  • Pfff ikr
  • It's disgusting. I won't install it until they make a proper metro ui.
  • I never found it disgusting though it is dated. Theyve been using it since the days of windows mobile. Great for me as i dontbhave to learn an entirely new ui
  • Yeah, looks like they made it 20 years ago, it's pretty terrible and doesn't fit at all on a Windows Phone. Looks like a cheap Android app.
  • Lools like Android sh1t
  • Yup my feelings also.. Its UI feels so ancient
  • I'll forgive the hideousness as it's only in beta. But, the UI needs to improve. Adapt the design language or make it beautiful
  • Downloading
  • Opera Mini 7.6.8. At least it's totally smooth.
  • Exactly..maybe they just wanted our email addresses. :p
  • I thought the devs would send everyone who signed up an email with a download link in it? :P UPDATE: Sticking with IE11. Opera imo it looks like something from android. Its a beta, but it still looks old.
  • Imho, it looks ok, but man, for a beta, I haven't been having crashes. Uc browser crashed like statue of liberty on every alien attack movie on me
  • Hahaha
  • I agree. It's better than UC browser. Not better than IE11.
  • Here's a crash for you -- it won't even start for me. Crashes on loading it's own welcome page. 925 with 8.1.1.
  • Since windows mobile actually. Most of you guys are pretty new to mobile since so many of you have never seen this UI and arent used to it
  • Im not new to mobile, and I've seen this UI types before. So im used to it. This still doesn't change my opinion. And yes I know its a beta. I just expected to be more Windows phone less android.
  • No, that statement proves that you are new. "...I just expected to be more Windows phone less android..." Opera has been using this UX since before they made a browser for Android. Once again, they've been using this since Windows Mobile which predates Android. I think there might even be treo versions of this app that looks similar, though I'm not really sure anymore.
  • My opinion is based on what is promised. They failed to do so. It has nothing to do being new to mobile or not. Yes opera has used the view allot. WP asks for a different appealing approach to lure people away from the best IE11 or UC browser. And I don't see that happen even if this goes out of beta.
  • Yes I saw it and looks just like opera mini 5 on my Treo pro
  • That UI is pretty horrible. But it is a beta so I will not make too much noise about that.
  • Remember their endless promises for the WM app which never got updated. IE works well enough for me so I'll pass.
  • Agreed
  • Everything okay but,
    Uc browser preview for the win!
  • Man, the browser is butt ugly
  • Tell me about it.
  • Uc browser beta wins
  • In surfing yes but needs ui changes.
  • Ahh, I remember that UI on my N900.
  • Terrible scrolling as always in third party apps on Lumia 1520. Getting tiresome...
  • My sync still workssssssss. From 2007!
  • Me too, awww, ancient porn!
  • WPCentral site can't be properly displayed with it. But I guess it's more like your problem than theirs.
  • It's Opera's. It's light. It doesn't support that many HTML standards. What do you expect ?
  • A redirection to the earlier and simple version but that's just me.
  • For ALL the support! (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • +820
  • Scores 53 out of 555 on html5test.com
  • what is the point of another browser when we have IE and UC?
  • Options, its better to gave more choice.
  • UC Is just Explorer under a skin, Opera is a new web engine.
  • Opera is actually an old rendering engine, but I get your point.
  • Are you seriously asking that❓
  • Hi wps81 I guess there's a lot of good reasons for downloading Opera Mini :-) It uses up to 90%