RE: Opera Mini 15 beta 1 for Android
the better compression for https sounds good, I'll keep an eye on it, see if any major differences.
Two major changes that are negative -
- under data savings you deleted the option to turn images off
- also deleted single column view
Without these two we will be forced to stop using Opera and develop and app instead
Single column view allows a program to crudely replicate an app - it provides a good size for viewing (so no zooming necessary on every page load) and it's easy format for teaching new users (just scroll down), strips out most site formatting for wicked fast page loading (3 - 7 seconds on 'Edge' technology).
Also, as I mentioned in earlier posts, on the farm fields of Ukraine (and many other developing countries most likely) this is no 3G or 2G, just Edge, which is painfully slow when loading full websites with pictures. There's a possibility we could continue with some pics as I have not put any on the pages our guys use to enter data (only the header), but without single column view Opera mini would become unusable.
I'm guessing this is a commercial decision, no pics = no clicks = no money. I can understand this. Maybe you can continue an ultra simple fork of Opera mini (no pics, single column view) that positions itself simply as data gathering tool/app for business? (see note below) Maybe don't even call it a browser any more. To save money, don't spend any development resources on adding features, focus just on the minimum security and Android version compliance updates. Sure, we can just never update, but this is not good, I'm big on security updates.
note: as mentioned before, we use on open source program called Tiki.org, and specifically, the 'trackers' module (databases, like MS Access), I create fields we need (tractor, field number, type of seeds planted, hectares completed, etc.), I put it on a wiki page, than, via Opera mini, the guys enter the data in (from the readings off the monitors in their tractors), and finally, the data is filtered/sorted and displayed on other wiki pages of our site (and also exported to other programs necessary our the company).