Opera Mini updates for Nokia, Sony Ericsson phones

Opera Mini 5.1 releases an update that targets performance issues on some Nokia and Sony Ericsson phones that have encountered memory issues or have smaller screen sizes.

Opera surprised the mobile world when it overhauled its Opera Mini browser for Java phones last September. The tremendous improvement brought the browser a more attractive interface and sophisticated features, like tabbed browsing.

On Thursday, the browser company released an update to Opera Mini for select Nokia phones.

Opera Mini 5.1 tweaks the browser skin to allow more Web pages to be open simultaneously. Back-end updates have addressed scrolling speed in particular and processing speed overall.

In a press release, Opera "highly" recommends the update for handsets with limited memory or smaller screen sizes. The update targets performance issues, like out-of-memory errors or open Web pages that require reloading to view.

As for the models being called out, Opera specifically names the following handsets as ideal candidates for the update:

  • Nokia 5130 XpressMusic

  • Nokia 6300

  • Nokia 2700

  • Sony Ericsson K550i

  • Sony Ericsson W810i

To download Opera Mini 5.1, point the mobile browser to m.opera.com.

About Jessica Dolcourt

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.