Opera have released a beta version of Opera Mobile for S60 smartphones. Sporting the same user interface as the recently updated Opera Mini, Opera Mobile provides an alternative browser to that built into the majority of handsets, and first impressions on the beta are good. Highlights include an easy to navigate tabbed browsing experience, a number of thumbnails cropping up to aid navigation, and a lot of performance tweaks. Read on for more.
The Norwegian browser company are doing their best to make mobile browsing faster, so even without using the Opera Turbo feature (which involved server side compression) you’ll notice there’s a certain zip to bouncing around the Internet, with good on-screen feedback.
We’ll be giving Opera Mobile a full review over the next few days, but for now, here are some screenshots of it in action on S60 5th Edition.
New in Opera Mobile 10
Opera Mobile 10 beta boasts a powerful new user interface. Merging the best from our desktop browser with new innovations for mobile phones, Opera Mobile is advanced and highly intuitive to use.
Opera Mobile 10 beta is faster at rendering pages, zooming, panning and almost everything else you do with a browser. Page downloading is now 50% faster than the previous version of Opera for Symbian/S60 phones.
Get to your favorite Web page with just one click, with a set of visual bookmarks that appear when you open a new tab. To add a new page, simply click on an empty Speed Dial slot.
With tabbed browsing, you no longer need to interrupt one session to start another. Check your Web mail in one window, Facebook in another, Twitter in a third and all that while checking the latest sports results.
And, much more
Opera’s servers compress Web pages up to 70%, greatly reducing the cost of browsing. Opera Turbo saves you both time and money, and makes Web browsing more enjoyable.
Touch & keypad
The user interface has been designed for both touchscreen and keypad-style mobile phones. With a touchscreen, you can enjoy even easier navigation with our new adaptive zoom feature.
Opera Mobile 10 is based on the very latest generation of Opera Presto, the Opera browser engine, ensuring that all your favorite Web sites work exactly the way they do on a desktop computer.
Say goodbye to typing in hard-to-remember usernames and passwords. Opera Mobile 10 will remember your credentials, and you can log on to your favorite Web sites with just a single click.
Full Web-page viewing allows you to easily pan and zoom into your desired content in just a few clicks.
Connect your mobile phone to your PC and debug your Web applications remotely. Read more about Opera Dragonfly here.
Saving pages and images
With Opera Mobile 10, you can save Web pages and images for later offline viewing.
Typing less, browsing more
Save time with Web address auto-completion, Password Manager and pop-up handler.
History and Bookmarks
Find Web sites you have surfed before, and bookmark the ones you want to visit again.
Improved Web-standards support
Opera Mobile is the most standards-compliant mobile browser available. Opera Software remains steadfast in its commitment to make the Web accessible for all.
A true Web experience
With Opera Mobile, you can now easily multi-task with tabbed browsing, switching between multiple tabs.
Rich Web content
Browse AJAX-heavy sites such as Facebook and Gmail, and enjoy the rich interaction of modern Web applications.
Opera Mobile 10 beta works on Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson smartphones running Symbian/S60, 3rd & 5th edition.
Certified for these devices: E51, E52, E55, E63, E66, E71, E75, N78, N79, N81, N82, N85, N86, N95 8GB, N96, N97, 5320, 5630, 5800, 6220c, 6720c, Samsung i7110, Samsung i550, Samsung Omnia HD, Samsung Innov8, Sony Ericsson Satio
Asian language phones are not currently supported in this beta version.
To download Opera Mobile, simply visit m.opera.com/mobile, using your phone’s default Web browser. Or click HERE.