Popular Android Browser Opera Mini has started rolling out an update for its large user base. It will be sporting a new QR-code reader and generator with an improved download manager and most importantly it introduces better language support, with 90 languages to choose from. The languages supported will now include 13 Indian languages.
The 13 Indian languages now supportable on Opera Mini are Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Considering that Opera Mini has a majority of its roughly 100 million users in India, this particular update was long awaited. In India, more than 70% of the population does not use English as their primary language, says a BCG report. The addition of 13 Indian languages to Opera Mini’s UI will make more people to use the Internet platform comfortably.
The said update also allows Opera Mini users to choose from the list of 90 installed languages. The most common languages in a person’s country will be shown in top of the language list in the settings menu. Users will also be prompted to select a language the first time they use the updated version of the browser.
Christian Uribe, product manager for Opera Mini, said,
“We are continuing our efforts to bring the internet to as many people as possible, not only by making it possible to access the internet on low-bandwidth networks with our compression technology, but also by making sure that our browser is easy for anyone to use and understand. The improved language support is an important part of our efforts,”
Along with the language support update, Opera Mini for Android is also introducing a QR-code reader and generator and an improved download manager.
“More products and services use QR codes as an easy way to give users access to web content. On a mobile phone, typing long URLs can be challenging and frustrating. With a QR code, just do a quick scan with your phone’s camera, and you’re on your way. We’ve also included a QR code generator, so if you want to share a link with a friend nearby, you can create a QR code to any page yourself,” Uribe added.