Opera Software has officially released the beta version 10.1 of its mobile browser for the Android operating system.
Available right now for download from the Android Market, the browser is compatible with devices running Android 1.6 or later and is ready for use in most parts of the world with 18 different languages onboard.
A ‘Mini’ version of the Opera browser has already been out on Android for some time, but that was a lightweight edition designed for speed over rendering quality and that lacked key features such as multi-touch.
Opera 10.1 is custom-built for touchscreen smartphones and packed with features, such as the Opera ‘Speed Dial’ screen for quick access to favourite pages, a password manager and Link, which synchronises bookmarks and other data with other devices running Opera. Of course, there’s pinch-to-zoom, too.
The Norwegian software maker will be going up against stiff competition from the likes of Skyfire, Mozilla’s Firefox 4 and Dolphin browser that currently dominate the browser space on Google’s OS. However, that may about to change if heavy surfers are swayed by Opera Turbo, the proprietary technology that uses Opera’s own servers to render web pages on mobiles much faster than they normally would on a network connection.
Unfortunately, there is no Flash support in the beta version but an Opera spokesperson has confirmed to PC World that it will be added in a future release.