Opera Software has released a new version of its Opera Mini browser custom-made for the Java platform on basic phones, as well as BlackBerry devices, which comes with a new look and several other features. 

The new look of Opera Mini 8 is meant to align it closer to Opera’s other mobile browsers. It features a flat, minimalistic design, as well as an improved Speed Dial start page, which helps users to navigate faster to their favorite sites from hybrid mobile phones.

Other nifty features include a private mode, which supports private tabs that don’t save information once the open tab is closed, as well as a night mode that dims the effects of a bright screen by using darker colors. Another useful update is that Opera Mini 8 comes with an improved data-savings page, which not only lets users monitor their data usage, but also allows them to adjust settings such as the quality of images without having to even exit the page. On Opera Mini 8, your Internet surfing is also squeezed down to as little as 10 percent of its original size, which helps to save on data.

Opera says that its Mini browser has more than 250 million monthly users worldwide as of now.

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