Opera Mini 9 Comes With Integrated Video Optimization Features
Opera has long been known for its download optimization facilities incorporated into its browsers. Treading along the same path, Opera acquired video optimization service, Skyfire, last February. And now it is bringing the service’s features into its mobile browser, starting with Opera Mini 9 for iOS, which launched on Thursday.
According to Maciej Kocemba, Opera Mini’s product manager, the service has two aims:
- To cut down bandwidth usage while video is being watched on a cellular connection
- Improving user experience by cutting down the video buffering time
“It’s not just about saving data, but also about making the experience better” – Kocemba
Opera’s history with optimization includes the Opera Turbo mode, which routes all your browser traffic through the company’s servers. There, the company then applies a number of compression algorithms on the content to cut down on the size of that site’s code and images.
Similarly, videos are optimized with the same process. Opera takes a look at the video you are watching and then makes decisions on how to optimize it.
Here’s how to enable Video Boost feature, according to Opera:
Video boost can be enabled when Data Savings is set to Opera Turbo. Tap the O menu, then tap Savings Enabled, choose Opera Turbo, and toggle on Video Boost.
However, there are many services now that would render the optimization algorithms by Opera useless. They have now automatically geared their streams towards mobile devices. In some cases, a video might be using a codec, meaning optimization would require a lot of CPU power and is not cost-effective for Opera to try optimize it.
One thing to highlight is that Opera Mini won’t be adding this video optimization feature in its mini mode. The team has decided to integrate it with the browser’s turbo mode for now instead. The mode will save less data as compared to the mini mode, but is better at handling dynamic sites.
Opera previously launched a similar video optimization service in February this year with the system-wide data saving Opera Max for Android. It uses the same servers with similar capabilities, but is still a little different from what Opera Mini uses.
However, the turbo mode in Opera Mini is quite similar to Max, and this is why the video optimization mode will be supported in that mode for now.
Along with video compression, the update features new Speed Dial functionality that lets you create shortcuts for your favorite sites with ease. Moreover, the version of Opera’s Mini browser has also been optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.