Opera Software has released a new update for its Opera Mini browser for iOS devices that brings a revamped UI along with a range of new features. The Opera Mini app (version 8.0.0) can be downloaded via the App Store and is meant for devices running iOS 7.0 or higher.
The new update brings a flat new design that's in-line with the iOS 7 style. It adds new features like a built-in QR code reader for scanning and sharing QR codes from the browser itself. The Opera Mini 8.0.0 for iOS also includes a 'Speed Dial' page which can be customized as per the user's liking.
A new 'Discover' feature gives users access to top stories from a list of sites. Users can select an option and swipe left and right to access more articles. Unfortunately, websites cannot be entered manually, so users end up using Opera's preset list of feeds.
Opera has also introduced three new compression modes for data saving called Opera Mini, Opera Turbo and Off. The company states:
"Opera Mini mode offers huge compression of web traffic, up to 90%, and data savings. In areas with poor coverage and tough network conditions, Opera Mini saves both time and money. Opera Turbo mode saves slightly less data than Opera Mini mode, but offers better website compatibility, making it the ideal browsing mode for most users. Data savings off is a no-compression, straight-to-the-source option, that ensures maximum website compatibility."
Other features include a new tab gallery that stacks tabs for a quick overview and easier tab management as well as a combined search and address bar. It brings easier editing of addresses and search terms with the slider and also makes it easier to switch between search sources.