Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta for Android Smartphone Challenges WP7 IE, iPhone Safari
A beta of the Opera Mobile 10.1 browser debuted on the Android smartphone platform, challenging established players including Microsoft for control of the small screen. Opera Mobile 10.1 beta was released on Nov. 9 and is available in the Android market at no cost. Opera Mobile is similar to the Opera Mini browser, and users of Mini will see similarities between the two. According to Opera, the primary difference between the two offerings is that the Opera Presto browser engine is hosted on an Opera server for the Mini browser, while the engine is onboard in Opera Mobile. Mini is smaller and sometimes faster, but also sometimes less accurate, while Opera Mobile provided a very smooth user interface experience and snappy action during my tests. I used Opera Mobile 10.1 beta on a Samsung Vibrant Android handset running on the T-Mobile network. Opera Mobile uses chiclet-like tiles showing open Web pages to help smartphone users jump to sites. The Web tiles are also used to organize the end-user browsing experience, including a feature Opera calls "Speed Dial." If you have experience with Opera Mobile 10.1 beta for Android, share your thoughts at http://labs.eweek.com.