If you don’t have unlimited data and are not on T-Mobile or on any carrier that doesn’t count streaming music toward your data usage, well, you might be closing up other apps just to enjoy streaming some music. Sure, it’s music you don’t have to store, but it’s also a great way to give cellular networks your money.
Enter Opera and its Max browser. It’s been optimizing video streams for a while and now it’s taking to saving up your data on music services. The way Opera’s doing it is through using its own Rocket Optimizer to convert [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
Hot on the heels of the recent Android release, Opera Mobile 10.1 is now available to users of Symbian-based phones.
Other features that made it into the 10.1 release include a password tracker, tabbed browsing, and support for [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Opera Mobile 10 includes a handy search bar in the upper-right corner of the browser. By default, there are only two options listed, Google and Wikipedia. The search engine manager gives you the ability to delete, but not add search engines. Considering OM10 is still in beta, it leaves many users thinking that they’re stuck with just two choices. In fact, I’ve seen users question this far too often without any answers in return. It’s actually quite easy, in a less clear-cut sort of way, to add more.
To add more search engines to the drop-down menu: first, [...]
It’s always exciting when Opera Software releases a new version of Opera Mobile and today they’ve done just that. Opera Mobile 10 Beta 3 for Windows Mobile brings bug fixes, better stabilization and experimental Flash Lite support. Great news for Windows Mobile 5/6 standard users as this version will support their devices as well. Read below for Opera’s take on Flash support and other changes or bug fixes. As always, grab the latest release from Opera or point your mobile web browser to m.opera.com.
Flash performance and usability depends greatly on how [...]
Today, Opera announced the availability of the 2nd beta for both Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5. In the latest updates, users can access features like Opera Link and the Download Manager, which are also popular desktop features. Opera Link allows users to synchronize personal browser settings with their desktop Opera browser and the Download Manager helps speed up downloads to mobile phones.
Excerpt from Press Release:
Opera continues its mission to unify its browser products, and today’s beta release is no exception. Features further polished in the second beta [...]