Take 2: Android 2.2 browser on the Nexus One vs the iPhone and HTC HD2

My man Brandon at Pocketnow has posted follow up to his Android 2.2 browser performance video. As we have noticed in the previous video, enabling the Flash 10.1 plugin on the Nexus One resulted in poor page loading performances. To fix this the user has the choice to select “on-demand” in the Enable Plug-ins menu settings of the browser to have the ability to to manually load the flash content on a specific page (the plugin was previously loading all the Flash content by default) and finally experience the speed boost that Google promised in Android 2.2. Check out the video after the break:

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Android 2.2 browser on the Nexus One vs the iPhone and HTC HD2

Brandon at Pocketnow did it again and posted a must see video of the newly unleashed Android 2.2 browser running on a google Nexus One versus an iPhone 3GS (Safari Mobile) and HTC HD2 (Opera Mobile 10 but I would have personally used 9.7). You will see Flash 10.1 running smoothly in the browser but you will also quickly notice that enabling the Flash plugin actually slows down the overall loading performance of the Nexus One. Check out the video below:

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Opera Mobile 10 & Opera Mini 5 final available now for all mobile platforms


Opera announced today the official availibility of the final version of Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5 on Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian & Blackberry.

Today, Opera Software released the final versions of the world’s most popular mobile Web browsers, Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10. Now, nearly any mobile phone can support an Opera-driven Web experience, complete with unmatched speed, style and cost savings. Simply go to m.opera.com/ to download it directly to your phone today.

Today’s release puts the finishing touches on the Opera mobile-browsing duo. The focus is on delivering the best Internet experience on nearly any mobile phone, along with a unified look and feel and innovative favorite features, such as Speed Dial, password manager and tabbed browsing.

“Keeping in mind the needs and wants of our 50+ million users, we have emphasized speed, desktop-like functionality and data savings in our mobile browsers. Today, we have made it even easier for everyone to surf, search and socialize on the Web,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.

Grab it here or by pointing you phone’s browser to http://m.opera.com/

Opera Mobile 10 Beta 3 released


Opera has just released the Beta 3 of Opera Mobile 10 for Windows Mobile & Symbian devices. The major new feature is the addition of FalshLite 3.1 support on Windows Mobile devices (it’s still experimental and from what I’ve seen it doesn’t work quite well even on the HTC HD2). There’s still no Text-Reflow or pinch-to-zoom support though and it looks like screen rotation is gone..

S60:
- Complete bookmark sync in Opera Link
- Support for non-latin characters in the UI also when phone is set to latin locale (requires international build)
- A lot of input and keyboard related fixes
- Fixed text selection
- Visual indication of input mode also for non-latin input modes
- General bug fixing (stability, UI)

Windows Mobile
- keypad/smartphone support
- Flash Lite 3.1 support (disabled by default)
- Complete bookmark sync in Opera Link
- BIDI support also for language extensions
- phone numbers in plain text are converted to links
- support for background sound
- general bug fixing (stability, UI)

Known issues include:

Both:
- Opera Link: Bookmarks saved in Beta 2 are lost when upgrading to Beta 3
- Hotmail does not work, please use the mobile version “www.hotmail.com/m”
- Dragonfly – need to do ‘connect’ two times in a row to get a connection working

S60:
- After permanently accepting an untrusted certificate, you get an error when trying to load the https:// page again. Workaround: In the S60 device menu go to the Settings -> General -> Security -> Certificate Management -> Trusted site certificates and delete the certificate for the problematic site

Windows Mobile:
- Flash is only a preview/in alpha state, expect instabilities, performance degradation during use
- Flash is only supported on touch devices
- Need to double-click on Flash content to view it in full-screen, another double-click to return
- right-to-left support is not complete in the UI
- On certain WM5 Smartphone/WM6 Standard devices, the dictionary is not disabled in the password field
- Unable to type special characters on Moto Q9
- Certain HTC devices with TouchFLO will force Opera back to portrait mode if visiting home screen when Opera is in landscape
- Some input method editors are known not to work well with Opera because they do not comply with Microsoft’s SIP and/or IME standard. When such an editor is detected by Opera, Opera will use a known (default) input method instead. An exception is EzInput v1.5, where the phone keypad and compact QWERTY, ABC mode doesn’t work, but the rest of the modes work fine. We recommend upgrading to EzInput v2.0 to avoid this.

You can grab it here

Opera Mobile 10 Beta 2 updated on Windows Mobile


Opera just released an update to their beta of Opera Mobile 10 on Windows Mobile. This new version adds:

Changelog from Beta 2:

Support for auto-rotation

Support for right-to-left rendering of web content

Quicker launch, up to 70% faster on some phone models

Nicer shortcut icon for WM 6.5 (requires device reboot after install)

A few stability fixes

Several other minor bug fixes

Grab it here

Opera Mobile 10 on Android video

Opera Mobile 10 Android
Opera is announcing today that Opera Mobile 10 is now available on nearly all mobile platforms. The browser is now runnning on Windows Mobile, Android, Brew, Symbian S60. The downside is that OM 10 will not be availalbe to the conumer but will be licensed to OEMs only. In the video below you’ll be able to see for the first time Opera Mobile 10 running the Android platform:

Opera Mobile™ is the leading Web browser for the market’s most sophisticated mobile feature phones and smartphones. Opera Mobile is the proven solution for mobile Web browsing with shipped installations for leading OEMs and operators worldwide, such as T-Mobile, Samsung, Motorola and HTC. Opera Mobile is cross platform, enables the most compelling Web services and applications and offers a superlative mobile Internet experience

Opera Mobile offers

  • A true Web experience optimized for mobile phones
  • The ability to offer Web applications right on the idle screen
  • The full richness of Web 2.0 services using AJAX
  • Blazing speed with Opera Turbo
  • Ability to offer Opera Widgets
  • A proven product with focus on innovation, quality and user experience
  • A single reference UI to deploy to any phone

Source: Opera

Opera Mobile 10 Beta and Opera Mini 5 beta updated

Opera Mobile 10
Opera just announced that Opera Mobile 10 Beta for Windows Mobile and Symbian and Opera Mini 5 beta have been updated today:

Sync up your phones
Opera releases new betas of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile
Oslo, Norway — December 2, 2009
Opera today launched the second beta versions of Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10, available as free downloads. In this second beta release, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile users can now enjoy popular desktop features, such as Opera Link and the Download Manager, from their mobile phones.

With Opera Link, users can synchronize personal browser settings with their Opera desktop browser, as well as all their connected devices, ensuring that their bookmarks, Speed Dial and search engines are always accessible. The Download Manager gives users a better way to control and speed up downloads to mobile phones.

You can download Opera Mini 5 here and Opera Mobile 10 here.

Here’a video of Oprea Mobile 10 beta on the Samsung Omnia II:

Source: Opera

Opera Mobile 10 Beta available on Windows Mobile

Opera Mobile 10 winmo
Hey look what we got here, Opera Mobile 10 is now available on Windows Mobile devices. After being releasedon Symbian phones a few days ago it’s now WinMo’s turn:

Head over here to download it.

Source: Opera via Twitter

Opera Mobile 10 beta update released

Opera Mobile 10
Looks like I (& many others I guess) missed this one a few days ago. Opera has released an updated version of the Opera Mobile 10 Beta browser for Symbian phones. This updates includes the following fixes/features:

The multi-language build includes a font package covering several Asian languages.

In addition to this, both builds contain some minor fixes:

- Font handling fix
- Cache size is calculated at a different point in the loading process
- Reduced frequency of error messages when out of memory occurs
- RTSP support is added to enable videos on m.youtube.com

Known issues:

- If RealPlayer is the default media player, you will need to set the access point in RealPlayer to the same access point Opera is using.
- The multi-language build does not cover all character sets. Please take a look at this forum comment for more details.
- Soft keyboard is shown even though hard keyboard is slid out and in use.
- Only partial IME support.
- Occasional freezes under stress conditions.
- Opera Link is not included in the beta.

For more information about this new build go to Opera Mobile’s blog here

You can download the browser here

Video of Opera Mobile 10 on the Samsung OmniaHD

Here’s a video of the newly released Opera Mobile 10 beta running on Samsung‘s highend Symbian smartphone the OmniaHD. Everything seems to be working perfectly fine, panning and scrolling is smooth:

Source: YouTube via HDBlog.it

Opera Mobile 10 Beta launched on Nokia phones (Symbian)

Opera Mobile 10
Opera just launched the latest version of their critically acclaimed mobile browser exclusively on Symbian / Nokia smartphones. Opera Mobile 10 beta packs a lot of new features and is also faster than its predecessor.

New in Opera Mobile 10

Intuitive interface

Opera Mobile 10 beta boasts a powerful new user interface. Merging the best from our desktop browser with new innovations for mobile phones, Opera Mobile is advanced and highly intuitive to use.

Faster browsing

Opera Mobile 10 beta is faster at rendering pages, zooming, panning and almost everything else you do with a browser. Page downloading is now 50% faster than the previous version of Opera for Symbian/S60 phones.

Speed Dial

Get to your favorite Web page with just one click, with a set of visual bookmarks that appear when you open a new tab. To add a new page, simply click on an empty Speed Dial slot.

Tabs

With tabbed browsing, you no longer need to interrupt one session to start another. Check your Web mail in one window, Facebook in another, Twitter in a third and all that while checking the latest sports results.

Head over here to download it.

Windows Mobile probably won’t get this new version given that Opera Mobile 9.7 is only officially starting to ship now on the HTC HD2 (Opera frequently skips versions on different mobile platforms). Still no news on the Android version though.. Check out Opera Mobile 10 running on the OmniaHD here.

Source: Opera & PR