Opera teases new tablet-friendly web browser

Opera has released a new video demonstrating their new web browser created specifically with touch-based tablet devices in mind.

With the amount of tablet devices to be shipped in 2011 expected to grow to almost 54.8 million alongside a shift in the number of different tablets available on the market, developers behind the popular web browser Opera are hoping to capitalise by launching a completely revamped web browser designed with large screen touch-based interfaces in mind.

Just days before the world's biggest consumer electronic show CES 2011 begins, the company has released a promotional video teasing the new-look browser running on an Android tablet, showing an all-new homescreen with tiles of your most visited and popular websites and smooth pinch-to-zoom functionality.

"This is the first preview of Opera for tablets," the video teases. "The Opera experience brings smooth panning, and smooth zooming. This is only the first sneak peek."

The company says the first public preview of the new-look web browser will be unveiled during CES, with more information to follow. Journalists attending the event will also be able to experience a 'hands-on' preview of the browser.

Unfortunately it's unclear at this stage if the browser will be available on other platforms aside from Android, although with Apple's strict application guidelines for their App Store which have left other web browsers -- including competitor Mozilla Firefox -- from developing iOS apps, it's likely to be Android-only at least for the foreseeable future.

    

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Looks like a giant mobile web browser to me. I don't see any significant ui changes specially for tablets

Jose_49 said,
Darn it, why they don't implement it on the iOS? I mean the pinch to zoom feature...

There is no pinch to zoon on mini yet. Only on mobile atm.

nup its going to be a complete disaster like opera for iphone, opera seriously needs to get their finger out of their bum and actually do something for once

The Protagonist said,
nup its going to be a complete disaster like opera for iphone, opera seriously needs to get their finger out of their bum and actually do something for once

Opera for iPhone is Opera Mini, which uses a server to render the webpage remotely before delivering it to the phone: this was the only way that Opera could get onto the iPhone with Apple's draconian restrictions.

This is no doubt based on Opera Mobile or the fullblown Opera Desktop browser, in which case, yes, it will be a very competent browser.

Opera on iPhone = Opera Mini
Opera on Symbian, WinMo and Android = Opera Mobile.

2 different versions, and I believe the one for Android also supports hardware acceleration.

The Protagonist said,
nup its going to be a complete disaster like opera for iphone, opera seriously needs to get their finger out of their bum and actually do something for once

Where I live, everybody uses Opera on their phones.

The Protagonist said,
nup its going to be a complete disaster like opera for iphone, opera seriously needs to get their finger out of their bum and actually do something for once

You needa get your finger out of your bum and learn something for once

The Protagonist said,
nup its going to be a complete disaster like opera for iphone, opera seriously needs to get their finger out of their bum and actually do something for once

NOTHING beats Opera on a phone, even on my old Nokia dumb-phone i can surf the web very well thanks to Opera Mini...

Douglas_C said,

Opera for iPhone is Opera Mini, which uses a server to render the webpage remotely before delivering it to the phone: this was the only way that Opera could get onto the iPhone with Apple's draconian restrictions.

This is no doubt based on Opera Mobile or the fullblown Opera Desktop browser, in which case, yes, it will be a very competent browser.


If what you say is true, that's very odd since the same App Store rules apply regardless the iOS device.

Northgrove said,

If what you say is true, that's very odd since the same App Store rules apply regardless the iOS device.

and the video shows an android tablet, so your point is?

Northgrove said,

If what you say is true, that's very odd since the same App Store rules apply regardless the iOS device.

I actually read an article about it. Opera MINI finally got allowed since it isn't a full featured browser, but rather asks the opera servers to fetch, compress and forward an image of the desired page. Since Opera MOBILE is a full featured browser it competes with the Safari mobile and aren't allowed.

Ok Ok Ok. We get it. Opera Mini =/= Opera Mobile. Two completely separate things that doesn't change the fact that Opera Mini for iPhone is terrible.

desired display name said,

I actually read an article about it. Opera MINI finally got allowed since it isn't a full featured browser, but rather asks the opera servers to fetch, compress and forward an image of the desired page. Since Opera MOBILE is a full featured browser it competes with the Safari mobile and aren't allowed.

Isn't Skyfire a full featured browser that competes with Safari? Or does that still use Safari's rendering engine. Apple takes issue with software that interprets any type of code.