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.