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    Mobile devices used to be primarily portable email boxes with integrated calendar and contacts. In the early days, some of them may have included web browsers, but they were very primitive. Back then the Web was very complex, and designed for screens with resolutions of 800 by 600 and higher. To accommodate phones and PDAs a "new" web was invented, one that used a completely different protocol to address the concerns of much smaller screens, slower processors, and mobile data plans. None of which were anywhere close to what we have today. WAP & WML This "new" web was based on something ...

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    For those of you that didn't know, WebKit powers most if not all mobile web browsers. It was developed by Apple, and was used for the first time in their mobile Safari browser with the first-generation iPhone, which pretty much took on the mobile Internet by storm. Apple's decision to open-source WebKit has benefited almost every competing device in the market, including Google Chrome and even the old and default Android browser. It made a ton of sense for Apple to do this, since it would allow the world to optimize everything for just one engine, and not start a battle where they could ...

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    Is there room for another mobile web browser on the scene? Opera thinks so, and it's adding a new one to its existing offerings, with the launch of Opera Ice planned for next month. The WebKit-based Opera Ice is all about embracing touchscreen control. This means ditching buttons and menus and putting a new focus on gesture interactions. Instead of tabs and bookmarks, graphical icons will represent web pages you can move between. Navigating forwards and backwards through pages you've already visited will be all gesture-based. The first Opera Ice releases will be for Android and iOS, both ...

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    Not happy with the stock Android web browser? Perhaps you crave a better interface for tab management, or perhaps you just want something a little faster. Fortunately, you've got a lot of choices. Here's a rundown of our favorite third-party Android browsers, all of which are free and available in the Android Market. NetFront Life This could be the best web browser for people that want a cleaner way to navigate through open windows, web history, and favorite sites. It's not the fastest browser, but it's very much different than anything else that is out there. Firefox 4 Beta Mozilla has ...

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    Hot on the heels of the recent Android release, Opera Mobile 10.1 is now available to users of Symbian-based phones. Version 10.1's main claim to fame is a re-worked JavaScript engine, which promises to result in spryer page rendering. Opera says it's tested the code to show a nine-fold performance gain; while you may not get quite that kind of speed boost in real-world usage, initial reports suggest there's a very noticeable improvement. Other features that made it into the 10.1 release include a password tracker, tabbed browsing, and support for transmitting geolocation data to ...

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    We're always excited to test new browsers because having a better/faster web browsing experience is always on the top of our smartphone software wishlist. Enter Opera Mobile for Android, a free browser that carries forth many of the features you might remember from the Windows Mobile version of Opera Mobile. You can decrease page load times with Opera Turbo (which uses server-side rendering like Skyfire), sync your bookmarks and passwords with Opera Link, and manage tabs with ease. You can also quickly choose favorite websites with the six speed dial buttons. Overall, Opera Mobile for ...

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    Android users already have quite an array of choice when it comes to third party browsers. Chief among them: Skyfire, Dolphin, UC Browser, and Firefox Mobile. Soon, there will be another choice: Opera Mobile. The big story is that Opera Mobile for Android will use hardware acceleration to make page load times as low as possible and navigation smooth and fast. It'll also include pinch to zoom, which is a technology that Opera has yet to employ in its mobile browsers (despite it being a pretty standard feature on all mobile devices as of late). No word on whether it'll play nice with Flash ...

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    Popular browser developer Opera has revealed plans to enter the mobile advertising game through a cloud-based network called the Open Mobile Ad Exchange. According to the company, the service works by directly embedding JavaScript content directly into pages served up by Opera Mini, which allegedly has 66.5 million users worldwide -- many of them on difficult-to-penetrate feature phones. What's not entirely clear is how Opera will convince publishers to eschew their traditional ad networks for Opera's services; apparently the ads are served up on the pages themselves, and not in the ...

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    Opera has just graced Windows Mobile users with an update to its popular Opera Mini web browser, allowing them to join Android and BlackBerry users in enjoying version 5.1's improved feature set. Unlike Opera Mobile, which renders websites locally, Opera Mini performs the majority of its rendering server-side, meaning that pages are delivered faster and using less bandwidth. The tradeoff to this speed is that certain sites are not rendered totally correctly, and when zoomed out to a full-page overview, even headline-size text is blocky and unreadable. Despite these drawbacks, the small ...

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    Opera has moved its Opera Mini browser out of beta for Android in a 5.1 release. Opera Mini for Android brings with it support for tabbed browsing as well as good server-side compression technology to render webpages and images quicker, which would help to reduce the bandwidth required by phones to download a webpage to view as well as trim the wait time for users for loading a webpage. Users can grab the new 5.1 browser from Android Market as a free download. (via: PhoneScoop)

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    There are two browser alternatives out there watching the Apple iPhone OS ecosystem closely, and those include Skyfire--a staple on many Windows Mobile handsets today--and a newcomer called RipCode. With the approval of Opera Mini for the iPhone--video demo of Opera Mini below shown by Thomas Ford from the Opera team--browser rival Skyfire has its hopes set on bringing their version of the browser to the iPhone. For the uninitiated, Skyfire renders Flash files on its servers and then pushes that content to the mobile client, which is installed on the mobile handset. In this manner, Flash ...

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    It seems that Opera likes to keep their browsers in beta for a while, so we were delighted to learn today that the company is now offering Mobile 10 and Mini 5 in their full, consumer-friendly releases for Windows Mobile (among other platforms). We were highly impressed with the beta of Opera Mobile 10 when we tested it. It brought a handy speed-dial opening screen for getting to frequently visited webpages, it was significantly faster than Opera Mobile 9, the new interface was a breath of fresh air, and the tab management was glorious. The final version improved upon these areas by ...

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    Today, Opera Software announced the update and release of their Opera Mini 5 browser (5.0.3521) for Windows Mobile. Previous versions required the Java Virtual Machine to run on Windows Mobile, but now it's a native app and can be installed with a simple CAB. Although XDA hacked together a CAB that packaged Java and OM5 together in the past, this version obviously has greater advantages. Press release excerpt: 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 ...

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    Opera has made some great mobile browsers for smartphones and feature phones--there's Opera Mobile 10 for Windows Mobile and Opera Mini for many different platforms--and now the browser-maker is targeting Android. Opera Mobile 10 was recently shown off running on the Google Nexus One, which runs Android 2.1. Unfortunately, though, it seems that Opera Mobile 10 for Android will not be available for consumers to download. Rather, Opera is offering the browser as a package for OEMs and equipment makers should they wish to pre-load Opera Mobile 10 into their Android handsets. On the Windows ...

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    In this video, we take a look at Opera Mobile 10 Beta 3 and its early Flash implementation. For those of you who missed it, Opera Software recently released a new beta of Opera Mobile 10, which now supports Flash Lite 3.1 content. Although it works well enough to watch videos, we can see why Opera left plug-ins disabled by default. We're hoping performance will be improved dramatically for devices with less powerful specs like the Touch Pro2. You can grab the popular mobile web browser from Opera or download it directly to your device through m.opera.com.

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