Web browser Opera Mini today received an update to version 9, bringing support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in addition to a number of new features. Most notably, Opera Mini now includes a "Video Boost" setting which promises to cut down on buffering times while conserving mobile data. The app also now features extended Speed Dial functionality for saving bookmarks, and supports the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
So, what exactly happens to the video data when it is optimized? When you select a video to watch, our servers take a quick peek at the video’s resolution and quality. Video data that’s too big is shrunk before it lands on your phone, lessening buffering time. All this happens in the blink of an eye.
Opera Mini launched in 2011 as one of the first third-party alternatives to Apple's iOS version of Safari and reached a million downloads in its first few days of availability. Since then, the app has seen a number of significant updates which have brought speed improvements, better mobile data optimization, and Speed Dial functionality.