Opera Ships Opera Mini J2ME Browser
By Darryl Mocek on Aug 11, 2005
Opera has done a real good business making money shipping "commodity" browsers. In fact, I recently read an article in Business 2.0 on Opera and how well they're doing selling browsers for small devices. They recently annouced their Opera Mini Browser for J2ME enabled devices. What makes Opera Mini different from the Opera Mobile Browser is that Opera Mini gets its web pages from a remote server, which pre-processes the web page before sending it to the device. This makes your web experience better because you don't spend more money shipping across a lot of information you don't need on a small device and you don't waste your time trying to decipher a web page targetted for a desktop while browsing on a mobile device. Upon looking at the FAQ's, I noticed that they don't list specific devices in their requirements list, only that the device support Java and GPRS Internet connections. This is a real testament to the power of the Java platform's Write Once Run Anywere feature. With all of the various mobile devices out there, Opera only needs to write their browser once in Java. Opera states the browser is free, but you need to access it through your operator...and by the way, it's only available in Norway right now. I hope this provides a better surfing experience then I currently have on my mobile device.