Opera Mini 4 Beta 2Opera is taking the mobile market by storm with its mobile browser. In July Opera Mini users browsed their way to nearly 1 billion pageviews, and it currently occupies about 0.24% of the total browser market according to Net Applications. That’s not too shabby since it’s being ranked among desktop browsers.

It’s not surprising that Opera continues to work heavily on the Opera Mini browser to pack in even more great features. Now Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 was just released earlier this morning, and with it comes dozens of improvements and bug fixes.

Two of the more notable features with this release is the ability to browse sites horizontally (pictured to the right), and the option to change your search engine. Now you can use Google as your default search engine instead of Yahoo. Here’s a quick look at everything that’s new, and it appears that there was some tender love and care given to Blackberry devices:

  • Customized search engine – now you could put Google Search on the start page. You can also create a search from any search field.
  • Shortcut keys
  • Browse in landscape mode – view the Web on a wider screen (hit "*" then "#" on your phone)
  • Native menu for BlackBerrys and several other optimizations.
  • Content folding – Collapses long menu lists (like those found on sidebars of webpages), so you don’t need to scroll through them to get to the page content. Note: This only works in “Fit to width” mode, not desktop.
  • Supports secure connections for banks, eBay, etc.
  • Small fonts have been enabled
  • Improved image quality
  • Added ‘Full screen’ mode
  • Web-2.0 looking dialogs
  • Fixed a ton of bugs

For those of you wondering there will be at least one more Beta release before it hits final form. I also received some good news today, and it’s that the problem rendering our site’s navigation bar has been confirmed as a bug. Now they are working on a fix for it. :)

Kudos to Opera on yet another fine pre-release, and I can’t wait to see what Opera 9.5 Alpha will bring on Tuesday.

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Sources: Opera Watch & Opera Press Release