Opera Software announced their Opera Mobile 10 browser for Android last year, but it is not yet available because the company is working with OEMs to pre-load it with their handsets. The last time we asked Opera about the possibility of releasing Opera Mobile 10 as a separate download, they blamed the limitations of the Android NDK. This doesn’t mean we will never see Opera Mobile 10, but we might be waiting a long time.
Mobile Crunch caught up with Opera product analyst Phillip Grønvold who demoed the new browser on a Nexus One and explained the situation. He said they were working with several large Android handset makers, but failed to mention any names (hint: the two phones they demoed were the HTC Hero and Nexus One).
In the mean time, Android users can download Opera Mini 4.2 from the Android Market. An update to Opera Mini 5 is expected soon, but we are still waiting for an exact release date.