The final release of the Opera Mini 4.2 browser is now available – and it works on Google’s Android phone.

Opera Mini 4.2 is the first browser alternative for the Android platform, which comes preloaded with Chrome light.

Already known for its fast internet access, Opera claims this has increased in speed by more than 30 per cent for users in the US since the previous beta version launched.

It says the improvemnt is largely due to the opening of a new Opera Mini server park in the US – the Java ME-based browser works by rendering pages on a server and then sending them to the device, so reducing the connectivity demands of the phone.

As well as being available for the T-Mobile G1 – as a download from the Android Market – Opera Mini also works with some Blackberry and Windows Mobile handsets.

Opera reports that 21 million unique users browsed five billion pages using the Opera Mini beta in October 2008 alone, totaling a 490 per cent increase since October 2007.

Other improvements to Opera Mini 4.2 include:

  • More than 90 language versions, including the recently added Amharic, Armenian, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Kirghiz, Lingala, Marathi, Malayalam, Mongolian, Oriya, Punjabi, Pashto, Sinhala, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Uzbek, Khmer, Kashmiri, Lao and Turkmen
  • Funky new skins for personalizing the look of Opera Mini
  • Opera Link support for notes, allowing users to sync their notes between the PC and Opera Mini
  • Improved real time streaming protocol (RTSP) handoff. This increases the number of phones with support for mobile video.

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