Opera Software, the company behind the popular Opera web browser, has released the beta version of Mini 5 for Google's Android smartphone OS, bringing the powerful web browser for the users of increasingly popular platform.
According to a press statement released by the company, Opera Mini 5 beta for Android OS is designed to compress the web pages before loading them on the browser display, resulting in a fast browser experience for users, who have a low-bandwidth connection.
Opera Mini 5 for the Android platform comes with an array of functions including tabbed browsing, speed dial and it also provides thumbnail shortcuts to web sites and password manager, which is useful for remembering email and social networking passwords.
The browser has been developed using Google's Dalvik virtual machine and its own native development kit, making it compatible with only Android 1.5 and above.
However, though the browser is compatible for phones with a traditional keypad or a touch screen, the browser is not designed to support the multitouch technology which is being offered by popular smartphones including the Nexus One or the HTC Desire.
Other than Android OS, the browser is also available for BlackBerry OS and smartphones running on Windows Mobile 5 and 6. A Windows Phone 7 Series version is also expected to be offered in a near future.