Opera Mobile for Android coming soon
By Aleksander AasAleksander. Thursday, October 14, 2010 5:41:00 AM
We are happy to confirm that Opera will release a beta version of Opera Mobile for Android phones within the next month. This was announced today at Up North Web. So far we are confirming at least one of the new features in Opera Mobile for Android will be the long awaited pinch to zoom support.
Opera also announced at Up North Web that Opera Mini for iPhone will receive an updated version this year featuring both pinch to zoom and hardware acceleration.
This is without a doubt the next generation of mobile browsing.
What is pinch to zoom?
The current versions of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini have two levels of zoom. One for the full page width and one for zooming in to read the text. With the introduction of pinch to zoom you are in full control of the zoom level. Text redraws almost instantly at all zoom levels, so text will always look sharp and easy to read. All this without compromising the speed or data compression in Opera Mini and Opera Mobile!
What is hardware acceleration?
Hardware acceleration allows Opera to run at lightning speed. Navigating a page, panning and zooming will be faster than ever. All this is made possible by taking full advantage of the GPU power available on your phone. Hardware acceleration allows us to do amazing things like pinch to zoom for all sites. It also allows a more fluid interaction between you and your phone, improving your browsing experience!
When will it be available?
Stay tuned for more information about the updated iPhone version of Opera Mini with pinch to zoom and hardware acceleration.
The first public beta version of Opera Mobile for Android featuring pinch to zoom will be available from m.opera.com and Android Market within a month!