Oct 12 AT 4:04 PM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

Opera Mobile headed to Android

We recently attended the CTIA show and expected to get a sneak peak of Opera‘s latest browser for Android. Unfortunately, the software was not yet ready for public viewing and we will have to wait awhile longer before getting our hands on it.

In order to prepare you for what Opera has coming to Android, we must review their current product lineup.

  • Opera Web Browser (Currently at version 10)
  • Opera Mobile (Available for Windows Mobile and S60. Currently at version 9.7 beta)
  • Opera Mini (Version 4.2 available for Android. Beta 5 available for Blackberry)

To date, Android users have only had access to Opera Mini, which is really geared towards feature phones. The more powerful Opera Mobile has not been offered for Android, but reports say it is on the way.

In an interview with PCMAG, Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner said, “Yes, we are working on an Android version”.

Highlights of Opera Mobile include:

  • Opera Turbo – compresses network traffic up to 80%
  • Widgets
  • Improved UI – pan and zoom
  • Opera Dragonfly – dev toolkit
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Password manager
  • Upload contents
  • Improved standards support

I think one of the most exciting features for mobile users is the new Opera Turbo which reduces page load times. This is a welcome addition for anyone on an Edge or even 3G connection. Check out the video below for a demonstration.

I was a bit disappointed by the Opera Mini browser for Android, but Opera Mobile should be a completely new experience. The default Android web browser is nice, but it doesn’t get updated enough. Opera is always innovating new features into their desktop browser and I can’t wait to see how they translate to the small screen.

Hopefully, we will have some new information soon that we are allowed to report.

What other features would you want to see in a new mobile browser for Android?

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