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Opera 10.1 Beta Launches for Android

David Gilbert


Opera 10.1 Beta Launches for Android

It seems as if Android users have been crying out for a decent mobile web browser for some time and with the failure of Mozilla to release an official version of Fennec, it mobile version of Firefox, the way is open for someone else to make their mark.

That is where Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta steps in. Available for free from today in the Android Marketplace, this mobile web browser could be the answer to a lot of Android users’ prayers. The default browser, cleverly titled The Browser, works ok for some people but a lot of users find it too basic and unresponsive.

Opera 10.1 purports to give users a faster, sleeker and smoother web experience on their Android devices. It supports pinch-to-zoom, offers Opera Turbo compression technology, a visual tab interface and Speed Dial, which allows users fast access to their favourite websites.

“Android users now have a better choice when it comes to using a browser on their mobile devices,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “With Opera’s new browser for Android, we give users the opportunity to access the Web, using the best tools available.” Opera 10.1 also supports geolocation and with Opera Link users can sync their bookmarks across a number of devices.

While Fennec was launched for Android devices last March, it turned out to be a port from an enthusiastic coder and not an official version. An alpha version of the Browser was launched by Mozilla at the end of August but again this was only for the more experienced users willing to take on all the issues still surrounding this release.


November 9, 2010, 2:53 pm

Any idea how much space this takes up and if it supports Apps2SD?


November 9, 2010, 3:19 pm

@simon it'd a 6MB download, 20MB install and still 13MB when moved to SD card. I won't really get the chance to play with it till tonight but if it's anything like the desktop browser then it will be my default. That is if I can live with the large install.

I swear my next phone needs a few gig of storage at least.

Ian Yates

November 9, 2010, 3:36 pm


Download is 6.43MB, installed to 20.03MB.

The Application Info has the "Move to SD card" button enabled, so I guess that works. My Desire is rooted with Apps2SD+, so I haven't tried it.


November 9, 2010, 4:00 pm

Had to play around for ages to get it installed, huge download! Now doesn't work :( shame really


November 9, 2010, 5:06 pm

I'm running old Opera, finally succumbed to the 10.x upgrade annoyance and I get a malware report on the opera download site.

I wonder if I am alone on that one?


November 9, 2010, 5:48 pm

So far, so sloooow. Not sure if there is something else running on my HTC Desire that is impacting the speed of browsing using this, but this Beta version is notably slower than the internet browser installed by default on my phone. I might try again when it is out of Beta.


November 9, 2010, 10:21 pm

Don't you guys want to start using the new Opera logo at some point?

Dark of Day

November 10, 2010, 3:23 am

Pretty fast and smooth on my HTC desire ..hiccupy install tho. Not perfect but I'll be 50/50 on it as default browser ...bring me the bastard love child of opera mobile and dolphin hd!

@TR; don't worry the old logo looks better anyway


November 11, 2010, 1:59 pm

The last thing I've thought when using the browser on my Android 2.2 phone is that it's "too basic and unresponsive"

This is something iJustDontNeed...


November 11, 2010, 8:18 pm

Opera mobile is good for smartphones that didn't support flash in the past, they need to update it with more novel features to be a hit on Android.

Dolphin HD I think is the best browser on Android atm, I'm certainly liking it over the main browser for most functions.

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