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Opera Coming to Android with Hardware Acceleration


Opera Coming to Android with Hardware Acceleration

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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October 14, 2010, 4:26 pm

<p>Isn't Opera already available? I'm sure my girlfriend has been using it on her x10 mini</p>


October 14, 2010, 5:03 pm

<p>Opera Mini is available, this is Opera Mobile. I think one difference is that mini sends everything through their servers and compresses the data to save bandwidth.</p>


October 14, 2010, 5:16 pm

<p>Can someone explain to me the how hardware acceleration helps significantly on a mobile phone?</p>


October 14, 2010, 5:16 pm

<p>That's Opera Mini that's already available. This is the full desktop client. Quite what the difference is I'm not sure, but i'm sure it says on the Opera website. I had hoped it'd say here, but I'm actually going to have to do some work for myself and not have it feed neatly to me by TR staff...</p>


October 14, 2010, 5:18 pm

<p>opera mini is available for android. this article is about opera mobile.</p>

Matt G Baish

October 14, 2010, 5:44 pm

<p>@notbenjamin - No, I would think that's Opera Mini</p>


October 14, 2010, 6:05 pm

<p>notbenjamin: Opera Mini is currently available, which I believe is different from Opera Mobile</p>


October 14, 2010, 6:59 pm

<p>@all<br><br><br><br><br><br>Thanks for clearing that up! <br><br><br><br><br><br>Embarrased much :S</p>


October 14, 2010, 7:48 pm

<p>Hopefully this will support flash as well. *crosses fingers*<br><br><br><br><br><br>Opera mini was a decent little browser I used on other phones (If a little unpredictable with some pages not loading and running out of memory.) Hopefully the mobile version will up the ante somewhat.</p>


October 16, 2010, 1:19 am

<p>I won't benefit from this just yet since I don't have an Android phone. Nevertheless, I just thought I would point out that TR is using the antiquated Opera logo.</p>

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