Opera Mini 5.1 for Android released

Opera has just announced the availability of Opera Mini 5.1 for Android devices today. I couldn’t find any changelog and the only new feature seems to be more resolutions supported so my guess is that this release is just packed with bug fixes. You can download it now on the Android Market and check out the video demo after the break:

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HTC Desire vs HTC HD2: Browser Performance video


Here’s a video a shot showing the performance of the HTC Desire vs the HTC HD2 when it comes to loading and rendering web page using the default browser on both handsets. The first thing you will notice is that both devices are nearly identical in speed when loading the web page but things are quite different once you start navigating…Pages are always render fully zoomed-out and fit perfectly in the whole screen on the HTC Desire (same as on the iPhone) unlike Opera Mobile on the HD2. The second advantage of the HTC Desire is the fact that you will never witness any checkerboard pattern once the page is fully loaded and even-though text re-flow is present it doesn’t mess up you ability to zoom into pictures like Opera does on Windows Mobile. Finally the Desire’s browser support flash (not Flash 10.1 yet AFAICS) but as I mention in the video, the quality of the videos played through the browser is sub-par so you will need to check them out in the native YouTube application to experience them in the fully glory. Check out the video below:

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Apple approves Opera Mini 5 on the iPhone

There’s nothing much to say here other than: WTH? Opera Mini 5 on the iPhone? Hell as frozen, pigs are flying and….Apple is obviously doing this a a PR move after all the negative press its getting with tha new coding restrictions in the OS 4 SDK and the Adobe fistfight. Here’s Opera‘s press release:

Approved

Opera Mini App approved for the App Store
Oslo, Norway – April 13, 2010

Opera today announced its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Opera Mini will be available as a free download within 24 hours, depending on market.
Opera Mini, with more than 50 million users worldwide, enables fast mobile Web browsing by compressing data by up to 90 percent before sending content to the device, resulting in significantly improved page loading. Users of the app will notice an uptake in speed, especially on slower networks such as the 2G Edge network. Surfing the Web with the Opera Mini App on iPhone and iPod touch will also help users save money because of its data compression capabilities. This will hold especially true while the user is incurring roaming charges.

“We are delighted to offer iPhone and iPod touch users a great browsing experience with the Opera Mini App,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “This app is another step toward Opera’s goal of bringing the Web to more people in more places.”

The Opera Mini App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

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 Mini 5 Beta for Android released


The good folks at Opera have finally released the Android version of the much acclaimed Opera Mini 5 Beta browser. The application can be download right now through the Android Market for free. For those of you who who missed last week’s news ,Opera Mini 5 Beta is now a native Windows Mobile app, which means that you no longer have to run the browser through the Java applet. Head over here for more info.

Opera Mini 5 is now a native Windows Mobile application


Opera is announcing today the new native version of Opera Mini 5 on Windows Mobile. Opera Mini has always been a Java based application but to improve performance on Windows Mobile, Opera decided to turn it into a native app. I just tried it for a few minutes and my first impressions are that this looks like a stripped down version of Opera Mobile 10 with Turbo mode. Page panning is smooth but  the beta (only?) suffers from rendering issues (as seen in the screenshot above,) the text reflow looks really annoying and silly on the HTC HD2′s gigantic screen and frankly isn’t faster than the default Opera Mobile 9 in page loading speed (and there’s no landscape mode).

By integrating Opera Mini with the Windows Mobile platform, Opera is able to deliver an optimized version of the popular Opera Mini browser that dramatically improves performance and the overall user experience. While Opera Mini traditionally requires Java, the new Windows Mobile version does not, which means that Opera Mini will work on any Windows Mobile phone.

The Opera Mini 5 beta for Windows Mobile includes the same rich feature set as the Java-based version. Renowned features, including tabbed browsing, the password manager, bookmarks and Speed Dial, are built-in to deliver convenience while on-the-go.

You can grab it by going here or pointing you phone’s browser to m.opera.com/next

Source: Opera

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

New Opera Mobile 9.7 build 35627 for the HTC HD2


If you don’t feel like flashing the latest T-Mobile 2.01 ROM you can still install the latest build of Opera Mobile 9.7 (35627) on your HTC HD2. So far it seems like the browser is a tiny bit faster when switching from portrait to landscape and a bit more responsive. Just grab the cab here. FYI the previous build number was 35577. You can also download the latest version of HTC Album here.

Via: XDA

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

HTC HD2 browser test

Pocketnow posted a video showing the HTC HD2 Opera Moile 9.7 in action against Safari on the iPhone 3GS. Brandon also demos the SkyFire browser:

Opera Mobile 9.7 on the HD2 is a great step forward in terms of improved browsing experience on Windows Mobile, but Safari on the 3GS is still IMO the best mobile browser around (no-flash support and the lower resoution beeing the only downsides).

Source: Pocketnow

HTC HD2 vs iPhone 3GS video comparison

The Itatlian boys at HDBlog.it another HTC HD2 video, this time demonstrating the browser’s speed (Opera Mobile 9.7) against the iPhone 3GS.

As you can see, the iPhone 3GS either slightly faster or equal to the HTC HD2 (who btw doesn’t render the hdblog.it correctly). It should be noted that the HD2 is rendering 2.5x more pixels than the iPhone 3GS.

Source: HDBlog.it

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

HTC HD2 display rotation speed shown on video

SoloPalmari just uploaded a short video demostrating the display rotation speed of the HTC HD2 in Opera Mobile 9.7. That thing is fast! Check it out:

Remember that everything we’ve seen so far on the HD2 has been running on non-final ROMs and hardware.

Source: YouTube

HTC LEO / HD2 shipping with multi-touch enabled Opera Mobile 9.7

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Thanks to Windows Mobile Rom Chef l3v5y who took the time to take a closer look at the lastest HTC Leo/HD2 roms leaked on the net we now have confirmation that multi-touch pinch zooming is enabled in the browser. We also know that the default browser is the latest OpenGL ES enabled Opera Mobile 9.7.

The Leo will ship with Opera 9.7 build 35411.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\OEM\MASD]
“Opera_Browser”=”9_70_35411_0?

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Opera\Defaults]
PinchAndZoomEnable”=dword:00000001

Source: WMPoweruser