Opera Mobile claims desktop-speed browsing

Opera announces latest version of its Opera Mobile smartphone browser

Opera has announced the latest version of its Opera Mobile smartphone browser, promising a user experience similar to that of web browsing on a desktop PC.

Built on the company's proprietary core architecture, Opera 9.5 featured a revamped Presto rendering engine claimed to be 2.5 times faster than Microsoft's Internet Explorer Mobile with page load speeds "comparable" to a desktop experience. The Presto engine should also improve page responsiveness on pages with heavy use of languages such as JavaScript and Ajax.

"Opera Mobile is the result of Opera's unwavering commitment to a vision that puts a true Web experience in the hands of mobile users," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software.

"The improved functionality of Opera Mobile 9.5 and easy access to information has raised the bar on a more compelling mobile Web browsing experience and will further stimulate mobile Internet adoption," he said.

In addition to speed, Opera Mobile 9.5 adds convenient new features. Zoom and Pan, for instance, make reading content more comfortable, and there's now the ability to save pages for offline browsing, Web address auto complete and a password manager. It also adds a full text history search, allowing you to find pages you forgot to bookmark previously, and Flash gets a look in thanks to Flash Lite 3.0 support.

Opera Widgets - mini applications - allow content to be accessed from the device's idle screen, and you can call numbers from Web pages and send images from the Internet via MMS or email. The new user interface even fades away when you don't need it, letting you see the Web page using the whole screen.

Opera Mobile is currently shipped on more than 100 million phones with many of the world's top mobile OEMs and operators such as HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and T-Mobile. Opera Mobile 9.5 will be available on all major platforms including Symbian, Windows Mobile and Linux, as both a standalone browser and as a SDK.

According to market research firm, In-Stat, the smartphone market will grow at more than a 30 percent compound annual growth rate for the next five years globally, exceeding unit sales for laptops, as users experience significant value from their smartphones.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Christian Harris

Techworld.com
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?