Opera Mobile 10.1 beta for Android launching November 9

A release date for the first beta of Opera Mobile 10.1 for Android has been set in stone for November 9.  The first details of the beta were released last month when Opera announced that the Android release would come with full hardware acceleration and allow pinch to zoom.

More recent details that have come to fruition also state that it will contain some geolocation features for news and information, while it will also make use of Opera's Turbo compression technology. Which, according to the Opera website, can reduce the bandwidth used when browsing websites by compressing the pages by up to 80%

While some Android Operating system handsets have already shipped with another version of Opera called Opera Mini, Opera Mobile 10.1 will be a full version of the web browser with many of the desktop features of its big brother.

The news which came directly from the Opera website, only has details about the release date right now but expect some more information to leak out before Tuesday's launch.

The Opera site also has news of a “Great Big Android Wallpaper Contest” where users can submit Opera based wallpaper designs to try and win themselves a Samsung Galaxy S Android phone.

Opera Mobile 10.1 for Android will ship for all versions of the Android operating system, keep an eye on m.opera.com for more information.

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Gaffney said,
Opera for windows 7 phone plz ?

Won't be possible (same for Firefox) as it appears they require more access to the OS than what's provided by Silverlight/.NET/XNA.

rm20010 said,

Won't be possible (same for Firefox) as it appears they require more access to the OS than what's provided by Silverlight/.NET/XNA.


Developers can apply for that access if their app requires it.

TrOjAn. said,
Sweet, hope it is as good as on iOS and Symbian :-)

iOS one is Opera Mini, not mobile. This is the full featured browser, with hardware rendering.

TrOjAn. said,
Sweet, hope it is as good as on iOS and Symbian :-)

Opera Mini for iPhone lacks lots of features, that's why people consider it scum. Pinch to Zoom.

Jose_49 said,

Opera Mini for iPhone lacks lots of features, that's why people consider it scum. Pinch to Zoom.

Opera Mini has a niche market that Safari doesn't, though, and that makes it good for the platform. If you are a heavy 3G web surfer on a 200MB/month or more limited data plan, then Opera Mini will save you a LOT of bandwidth. If you are mostly on WiFi or are less concerned about your data usage, Safari and the UI variants (Mercury) offer a much better (and fuller) browsing experience.