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Opera Coming to Android with Hardware Acceleration

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The Opera web browser will be made available for Android within the next month, the Norway based company has said.

The announcement was made at Up North Web, Opera Software’s global press day.

It will be available for all flavours of Android, regardless of version and will include full hardware acceleration and Pinch to Zoom.

Opera said that hardware acceleration will make the browser run at, “lightning speed. Navigating a page will be faster than ever, and the improvements to the UI will be momentous. All this is made possible by taking full advantage of the power available on your phone.”

The Pinch to Zoom feature will enable users to choose their own level of zoom rather than just full page width and zoom to text as found in Opera Mini, which is already available for Android. Text will be rendered at a per character level.

Opera also announced that the next version of its desktop browser, Opera 11, will use extensions based on web technologies – namely, HTML, CSS and Javascript and will also offer hardware acceleration, as does Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9.

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