Opera Mobile lands on Android

At the Up North Web conference last month Opera announced various new creations ready to be integrated into its products. They brought exciting new changes to both its mobile and desktop browser. The desktop browser received a feature that people had been asking for years and finally they brought it, extension support. Their mobile browser also had something that everyone was asking for, Opera mobile on Android.

Opera today announced the release of the Android compatible browser. The new version includes all the old favourites like Opera Turbo and Opera Link but they also brought a new feature to the table, pinch-to-zoom. The new feature helps to view your favourite web pages by choosing where to zoom on the page, like that difficult text you can never read without losing speed or data compression while using Opera Turbo. Opera has been preparing for this release for numerous weeks now and has been posting updates on their community site MyOpera

You can download Opera mobile on the Android Marketplace for free or choose to download it from here

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Opera seems to work ok but imbeded video like the one in this post do not work. Opera just shows a missing plugin icon. I found for my Dell Streak that Dolphin HD seem to work the best.
I just wish Neowin would alow pinch zooming but that seem to be disabled because this does not work on any moble browser I have tried.

This message posted from a Dell Streak flashed with 2.1 rom.

I just installed on my Evo upon reading this, seems to render facebook better than FF, Dolphin or any other browser. One thing none of these browsers will do on facebook full site view is let me choose to sort my news feed by most recent. I actually suspect it is facebook blocking it and not the browsers fault. I'll keep playing with this, looks like it may give dolphin a run for it's money.

Wodin said,
I just installed on my Evo upon reading this, seems to render facebook better than FF, Dolphin or any other browser. One thing none of these browsers will do on facebook full site view is let me choose to sort my news feed by most recent. I actually suspect it is facebook blocking it and not the browsers fault. I'll keep playing with this, looks like it may give dolphin a run for it's money.

before going to facebook.com type about:debug into the address bar and press "go". next, go into settings and select "User Agent" choose "desktop". that might work for you.

duritz said,

before going to facebook.com type about:debug into the address bar and press "go". next, go into settings and select "User Agent" choose "desktop". that might work for you.


In Opera? Nothing happens. When I type about:debug, there is no "go" button, so I hit enter. I get a screen that says connect to debugger with a warning that it enables remote debugging, and it is defaulting to the loopback address, 127.0.0.1:7001. I click connect and the message says failed to connect to debugger at ...
Other directions don't match either. There is no User Agent under settings. Thanks anyway.

This is a really fast browser. However, upon installing this browser, my phone reported low on space (even though there's tons of free space). Uninstalling this browser fixed this, just very odd..

what is Services that cost you money? - directly call phone numbers. I hate these apps that have to access your contact book and things that I find personal. Aren't others worried about this? thanks

Working good so far on Rooted MotoDroid 1.2Ghz OC. running BB0.5.

Loads really quick. I'm coming off of Dolphin Browser HD.

Brando212 said,
damn, why can't it work that well on the iphone?

Opera Mobile can't be on the iPhone at all. Apple does not allow competition with Safari for Web/javascript engines. Opera MINI (and Skyfire) get around this by doing the rendering off device on their servers and just sending the final result to the client software on the iPhone.

Asmodai said,

Opera Mobile can't be on the iPhone at all. Apple does not allow competition with Safari for Web/javascript engines. Opera MINI (and Skyfire) get around this by doing the rendering off device on their servers and just sending the final result to the client software on the iPhone.

Skyfire version 2 (the one thats on the iPhone) renders websites on the phone using Webkit.

Arceles said,
It works really well I'm quite impressed in the speed and the rendering of the pages... on my rooted G1...

I think that opera mini was much faster than this, uninstalled and went back to that instead.

Biglo said,

I think that opera mini was much faster than this, uninstalled and went back to that instead.

Of course Opera Mini will be faster, it is designed that way. Everything you visit on Mini is transferred through Opera servers and compressed/rearranged before being sent to your phone, this is also why a lot of javascript, etc. will not work on Mini. Opera Mobile on the other hand works more like any other browser directly accessing the website you are visiting. Mini has the advantage of being very lightweight (and an extremely good alternative for more basic phones) because very little is actually processed on the device, all of the heavy labor is done on the Opera servers.

NATIVE UI, NATIVE UI...damn...how ever, he works very well...fast and scrolling is super smooth...how ever checkerboard and pix-elated text after zooming are things that they need to fix...i see forward to beta 2...

I've used Mini off-and-on for a while on my BACKFLIP. I'm downloading the full browser now, so it's not limited to 2.x devices.

It's a massive download, though. Over 6 MB.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
I've used Mini off-and-on for a while on my BACKFLIP. I'm downloading the full browser now, so it's not limited to 2.x devices.

It's a massive download, though. Over 6 MB.

You seriously think that's massive? Install skype or google earth on your phone

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
I've used Mini off-and-on for a while on my BACKFLIP. I'm downloading the full browser now, so it's not limited to 2.x devices.

It's a massive download, though. Over 6 MB.

It is indeed massive. After installation its over 20mb

James Riske said,
Umm, hasn't opera for Android been out for a while now? I was running it on my HTC hero a few months ago.

It was a stripped down mini or "lite" release, I believe.

James Riske said,
Umm, hasn't opera for Android been out for a while now? I was running it on my HTC hero a few months ago.
That's Opera Mini isn't it, not Opera Mobile..

thornz0 said,

It was a stripped down mini or "lite" release, I believe.


ok, I'm trying the new browser right, has a few quirks but so far I like what I see.

may even try opera for pc (gasp)