Make Google my homepage in Opera Mini

  • Open the home page selected in Opera.
  • Click on the “Tools” menu. Then select “Options”.
  • Choose “General” tab. Under “Startup”, select “Go to the home page.”
  • Type in the URL to your homepage you want and click “OK”.

How to Make Google My Homepage iPhone, Android and Windows Phone?

Whenever we buy a new phone we usually search for a good browser so that we can surf the internet easily and take the most out of our device.

Not all but many People prefer Google Chrome as the best browser and almost every user wants Google as the Homepage or Startpage of the browser.

Here in this Guide, I will tell you how you can easily make Google Your homepage in your Phone browser.

Make Google my homepage on Android 

Open the browser app and select Menu > Settings > General > Set Home Page and type in www.google.com.

Make Google my homepage on iOS/ iPhone

While you can’t set mobile Safari to a home page, you can create a shortcut. Type www.google.com in the text bar of the browser and then at the bottom of the screen select the icon with an arrow coming out of a page. Choose Add to Home Screen and you’ll get a shortcut on your Home screen that will open up to Google every time.

Make Google my homepage on Windows Phone

On a Windows Phone, you can create a tile for Google by downloading the Google search app from the Store and pinning it to the start screen.

History

Opera mini is a unique web browser. It is designed specifically for mobile phones and for smartphones. It also works well with personal digital assistants. There was a web browser called opera, and the opera mini was derived from this web browser. Opera mini was first introduced in the year 2005. The pilot project was in co-operation with a television station from Norway and was initially only available to the customers of this television station, tv 2. A beta version of this browser was put on the market. It was made available in various countries. These countries included Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and also Finland. So it was made available across these European countries. A final version was then launched in Germany in 2005. Thereafter, it was released quite quietly to many countries, simply via the Opera website. The browser was officially launched and released internationally in the year 2006. Opera mini 2, which came out in 2006, included many new features. It had the ability to download files. There were more search engine options available. There was a speed dial option. There were new search engines and improved navigation. There were also new custom skins. In the computer literacy vocabulary, skins refers to visual styles. Opera mini 3 also arrived in 2006. This came with secure browsing and also came with RSS feeds. There was photograph uploading. There was content folding. All these capabilities had now been added to its list of features. In 2007 Opera Mini 4 was released. Johan Schon, who was then the technical lead of Opera Mini development, said that the whole code for opera mini had been rewritten. The 4 version of opera mini included the capability to view web pages in a way similar to a desktop browser. The user could use a built in pointer to zoom in to see clearer images. Google was the default search engine initially, but a partnership with Yahoo was soon announced. A version for android phones was announced in 2008.

Usability features

The device has arrow keys. These arrow keys are then to be used for scrolling. The number keys are also used for scrolling. The display can be viewed in either landscape mode or portrait mode. Basically you can toggle between the two. You can toggle between the two by keystrokes. If the phone has an orientation sensor, then the landscape will switch automatically. You can change the default orientation on the phone. There are also options in respect of image quality. Image quality can be set to either high or low, or medium. The image quality setting that you choose will definitely affect the time it takes for the page to load onto your phone.

The higher the quality you choose, the longer the page will take to load. There is only one font which opera mini supports. This font can be set to different sizes. You can adjust the font to either small, or medium, or large. There is also a font option of extra large. It doesn’t matter if the webpage you go to uses different fonts, you will only be able to view it in a generic font. The generic font is mono-spaced. Opera mini has a search-bar. The search-bar can use a multiplicity of pre-configured search engines. If required, the user has the option of adding more search engines. The default search engines that come as part of the package are Google and Wikipedia. There are various capabilities supported by opera mini. For instance, opera mini supports shortcut keys, opera mini supports skins, it supports a web feed aggregator.

Opera mini can also save bookmarks. It can download files. Opera mini can save webpages which is very useful for offline reading. This can save you data and money. You simply save your page and read it later, without having to pay costs of using the internet. Opera mini also remembers the browsing history of the user.  Since opera mini 4 was released, the layout engine used, is the same layout engine as used for opera 9.5. This means that opera mini has the capability to support most of the web standards that are supported in opera 9.5. Opera mini does not support web forms 2.0. This is where opera mini differs from the desktop version. Opera mini re-formats web pages. The result of this is that frames get flattened. There are bandwidth issues and memory issues as well. these cause dashed borders to get displayed as solid borders for example. Opera mini has the capability to support bi-directional text. This means that it can display scripts such as Arabic and Hebrew, scripts which run from right to left. The old opera mini 3 basic is still available. It has various features, which include an option to increase a text size. It does not support a full page view. There is no built in clock. It does not support encryption (as explained above).

Security features

When it comes to security, there has been some cause for concern with the opera mini browser. Opera mini 3 advanced takes the connection between the mobile device and the proxy server and it encrypts the connection. This is done as a security measure and as a means of privacy. How do you obtain the encryption key? The encryption key is obtained by requesting that the user must press random keys on a particular number of times. This encryption key is obtained on the first start. The opera mini 3 version does not have the capability of encryption. The security of opera mini has however been open to much criticism. The main criticism is because it does not offer pure and end to end security. This is the case when you visit sites such as pay-pal. If you visit an encrypted webpage, the page gets decrypted by the opera software company’s servers. They then re-encrypt the page themselves. This is the thing that breaks end to end security. It is a security risk and should be taken into account when you are using such applications as internet banking.

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