According to the most recent estimates by the UN, as of March 2018 the world population lies at 7.6 billion. That means of the entire world population, about 13%(1billion) has watched the video of the song Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye (Featuring Kimbra). It’s arguably one of the most popular break-up songs of all time so I’ll assume you’ve heard it before.
If not let me explain what the song is about. Somebody That I Used To Know is about a lover who has broken up with their partner but is failing to come to terms with the fact that there is now zero communication between the two.
Every time I open Opera Mini nowadays this is the feeling I get. We had a great and memorable run and you were there for me when a $1 got me 10MB of data but the Opera Mini I see today is barely recognizable let alone as good as the one I used a few years back. I’m done with Opera Mini, we had some good times but it seems Opera keeps abusing my trust and I’m sick and tired. Opera Mini is just a browser that I used to know…
‘You didn’t have to stoop so low’
Firstly, Opera Mini has become hypocritical. The browser has a preinstalled ad-blocker and this allows you to surf the net free of distracting ads that also usually slow down your phone. The only problem with this is not all ads are blocked. From time to time Opera themselves show full screen ads!
So basically they are saying to us, the users, “I’ll block the ads on all the other sites but in return I’ll also fill your screen with the most intrusive kind of ads.” It’s like making a deal with you-know-who. There is no winner here except for Opera who block ads from other publishers and then plaster video ads and make money off ad-blocking.
To some it may seem like a small issue but these ads are more topical than you would think. Most online publishers make their money through ads, so If Opera decides to block them it would be better if they blocked ads altogether. The current setup they have is a low-blow as essentially they are saying to publishers: “We will take away your revenue method but then use that exact same method to make money, Cheers!”
Opera Mini also has lockscreen ads, and yes, those can disabled but this kind of thinking on Opera’s part shows how they’ve gone from making a browser that was user-focused to a browser that’s now Opera-focused.
‘You treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough…’
Next up on the reasons why Opera Mini will no longer get my attention going forward is because the way webpages load on the browser is….. Honestly it’s hard to describe, you can see for yourself below:
This is not entirely Opera’s fault and is more in-tune with how a site is developed but at the end of the day the browsing experience on Opera Mini is not fulfilling.
It’s not all bad news: Opera is still king of data savings
I mean Opera still has some good benefits and I won’t tell you to continue using it or not. They have a data saving system that has next to no challengers. If data saving is your only priority then Opera Mini is still your best bet.
Anyway, I hadn’t listened to that song in a while… Let me grab some tissues.