Opera has recently announced that it has released a new version of Opera Mini for Java and BlackBerry devices. This main feature of this release is the improvement made to the download manager on Java and BlackBerry devices.

“The love for downloading content has been evident in Indian mobile web users' browsing habits. As a result, popular download portals have always made their presence felt in the most visited domains by Indian users,” says Sunil Kamath, vice president for South Asia at Opera Software. “I am sure our users will appreciate Opera Mini's feature-rich download manager that is available with this upgrade.”

Opera Mini 7.1 available with new download manageer

Opera Mini 7.1 available with new download manager

The Opera Mini 7.1 browser features a new and revamped download manager that lets the user easily handle downloaded media such as documents and multimedia. Opera states, “Many mobile users know that internet connections can be fickle at times. Sometimes it may feel like the universe is trying to tell you something when the 10 MB presentation from your boss stops downloading at 9.99 MB after your train enters a tunnel, and lose the mobile signal for a few seconds.”

With the Opera Mini 7.1 browser, downloading of a file can be paused when the connection disappears, and then resumed when you're back on track.

On the BlackBerry platform, a file can be accessed directly from the browser. On J2ME or Java devices, the user can choose to let the phone open the file directly in, for example, a media player or save it for later use.

Opera Mini works on more than 3,000 different phone models, in all price categories. Opera states that thanks to its compression technology, Opera Mini can save time and data cost, by up to 90 percent. Opera Mini can be downloaded for free from here.

Opera Mini 7.1 Changelog

  • Pause-resume downloads across sessions.
  • Smaller files (up to around 15MB) are downloaded faster.
  • Renaming of files before downloading.
  • Last download folder is remembered.
  • Option to open files on the device instead of downloading through Mini.
  • Various stability and performance improvements.


  • Smaller files (up to around 15MB) are downloaded faster.
  • Renaming of files before downloading.
  • Last download folder is remembered.
  • Open files through the download manager.
  • Various stability and performance improvements.

Opera states that currently some BlackBerry models have a problem with pause-resume feature, which it is working on fixing.

In related Opera news, the brand has recently launched the final version of Opera 12.10, with improved extensions. Opera's Speed Dial allows for easy overview of sites and shortcuts. Your Facebook pictures can appear in the Speed Dial entry for Facebook, the chosen entry from Pinterest appears automatically, and the weather forecast is always present without even browsing to the weather website.

Here's how extensions can improve your browsing experience:

  • Keep up with the feeds from Facebook and Twitter, with the new and improved Facebook and Twitter Speed Dial extensions.
  • Share your Pinterest pictures right in your Speed Dial or video via StumbleUpon.
  • An extension such as Readability, which focuses on text, and not all the pretty pictures accompanying it, can save you a lot of time. To read it later, send the text to your Kindle or put it in the to-read list. With Gmail and Google Calendar extensions right in your Speed Dial, you'll be able check email without typing a single address in the address bar.
  • Keep track of the latest weather updates, sports scores, and news on handy entry in the Speed Dial, to get the news delivered directly to you. No surfing is necessary. Install the StumbleUpon Speed Dial extension.

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