Opera Mobile for Android to Arrive Within a Month
By Mikael Ricknäs, IDG News
Oct 14, 2010 7:10 am
Opera Software will release the mobile version of its browser for Android-based smartphones within a month, the Norwegian company said in a blog post on Thursday.
Opera Mobile for Android will offer a faster browsing experience by using hardware acceleration and a new pinch-to-zoom feature. The existing versions of Opera Mobile and its Mini browser have two levels of zoom; one for the full page width and one for zooming in to read the text. The new feature will zoom from page-width down to the text you want to focus on in one fluid motion, according to Opera.
Opera Mobile will be available on all versions of Android.
The browser battle on Android is starting to heat up. Last week, Mozilla released a beta version of Firefox 4 for Android-based smartphones, but it isn't saying when the final version will arrive. Opera Mobile and Firefox join the likes of Skyfire and Dolphin HD.
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Using it now and liking it very much. I always seem to go back to the stock browser but this may sway me. Its actually what I have always thought firefox would end up being like. I now realize firefox has a really long way to go. I have also used Dolphin, Skyfire and Miren. They all have some neat features.
OK played with this some more over the weekend and have gone back to stock for now. I like this browser but a few things like on some pages the text shrinks and you have to double tap to zoom. The androidcentral mobile forum is a great example. I don't expect mobile sites to act like they're non- mobile. Firefox also does what Opera was a doing while Skyfire was acting more in line with what I'd want. I don't like Skyfires start page and I don't think it can be changed. I am all for Firefox once some type of flash support is added, these are Android phones not iPhones.