Android's Opera Mini gets a socially networked Smart Page

The robust browser best suited to low-powered phones or slow connections gets a social networking and news reading boost through Opera's Smart Page.

Solid Facebook support and links to webapps like Gmail are the key features of Opera Mini's "smart" Home page.

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A single new feature called Smart Page is the capstone to Opera Mini 7.5 for Android (download), finally bringing to Android Mini fans a feature that iOS Mini got back at Mobile World Congress in February.

Launching today, the Smart Page is a single-serving site from which people can check their social networking feeds, news sites, and recommended links based on their region. The social networking feature works with Twitter, Facebook, and the European social networking vKontakte.

Opera Mini is best known as a cross-platform browser that offers "Turbo," a compression option that can reduce bandwidth use by up to 90 percent. It's a good option for people on rate-limited mobile services.

Somewhat confusingly, the Smart Page is actually labeled as the Home tab, and it resides next to the Speed Dial tab.

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