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In an interesting and unexpected twist, Opera Mini (not to be confused with Opera Mobile) has surprisingly been ported to Windows Phone and posted over at XDA. It comes from the Windows Mobile code but has an extra "layer" to interface/work on Windows Phone 7--that's the good news. The bad news is it can only run on devices with custom ROMs like DFT meaning interop and dev unlocked phones are out, for now.

The file is only 1.13MB in size and Windows Phone Hacker notes that "...the dev obfuscated his code. Thankfully, we already know how it works, which is surprisingly simple. Time to hack ;)" meaning perhaps we'll understand more about what is going on with this and what is not. What we can take from this experience is that Opera Mini could evidently be ported to Windows Phone, if Opera wanted to do so, but due to perhaps Microsoft blocking such an app in the Marketplace, not worth their effort.

We're sure we'll be seeing more on this project soon. Though we do have to wonder: compared to IE9, how good can this be?

Source: XDA; via WPSauce, Windows Phone Hacker

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Opera Link for WP7 - App Spotlight

Looking for a way to import your Opera desktop browser favorites to your Windows Phone? Look no further, Opera Link for WP7 is an app that will pull your Opera desktop favorites on to your Windows Phone for Internet Explorer to use. Opera Link won't import the bookmarks into IE but acts as a middle man of sorts.  From Opera Link, just tap on the link and IE launches.

The process is quick and painless to set up. From the Tools Menu on the Opera desktop browser, you set up an Opera Link account (Tools>Synchronize Opera>My Opera Link Page). You'll use this account information when you load the Opera Link for WP7 on your Windows Phone.  The app will then sync your Opera bookmarks, notes and speed dials.

Should you be using a mobile device that runs Opera Mobile or Mini, the Opera Link will keep all your devices in sync as well. Opera Link for WP7 is a free application and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

via: devicemag

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Opera Mobile drops Windows Mobile

While Opera Mobile 11 is launching today for Android and Symbian platforms, the mobile browser is saying goodbye to the Windows Mobile platform. According to a blog post by Dag Olav Norem at My Opera,

"The mobile landscape is changing and Microsoft has moved their efforts away from the Windows Mobile operating system. No new devices have been launched for some time and the market share is falling. As a third party developer and a business, that is a reality that Opera Software has to adjust to."

Norem continues to explain that the Windows Mobile platform can no longer provide the revenue potential that Opera needs to continue investing in it. With regards to bringing Opera Mobile to the Windows Phone 7 platform, Norem states that the company is continuously evaluating that option.

Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5.1 for Windows Mobile will continue to be available for download from Opera Software's download page.

Source: My Opera Via: Favbrowser

Thanks goes out to Andy for the tip!

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Earlier, it was reported that Opera would be bringing their mobile browser to Windows Phone 7.  We have now received word that Opera Mobile is not heading to our Windows Phones.  While there was a glimmer of hope that the press release from Opera Mobile contained a typo when it read,

"The Opera Mobile 11 will bring the music on the Android, Symbian, Windows 7 and MeeGo platforms."

We have received confirmation from Opera that this wasn't a typo and the company was referring to Windows 7 (the desktop OS). The reasoning, there are a few tablets out there running Windows 7, technically are mobile, and will be receiving the new Opera mobile browser in the near future. Quoting Falguni Bhuta from Opera,

"Yes indeed Opera Mobile is headed to Windows 7 - the desktop OS which is also used on certain tablets and touch desktop devices."

It wasn't that big a stretch to think that Opera is referring to mobile operating systems when they discuss their mobile browsers. Right?  I guess Windows Phone 7's loss is Windows 7 gain.

Thanks goes out to DavidK for tipping us on this!

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Opera latest State of the Mobile Web Report is showcasing that the mobile web browser Opera Mini saves consumers worldwide more than $2.2 Billion each month on their mobile data bills. The benefit comes by way of Opera Mini's compression technology that reduces the size of web pages up to 90%, thus lowering the amount of data consumed. U.S. consumers could save $141 on average each month.

The Mobile Web Report provides information on the top global trends affecting the mobile web. Asides from the estimated savings, Opera makes note of the following global trends:

  • In September 2010, Opera Mini had over 71.2 million users, a 7.1% increase from August 2010. Since September 2009, the number of unique users has increased 100.1%
  • Opera Mini users viewed over 36.9 billion pages in September 2010. Since August, page views have gone up 9.0%. Since September 2009, page views have increased 147.2%
  • Opera Mini users generated over 535.3 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since August, the data consumed went up by 9.4%. Data in Opera Mini is compressed by up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 4.9 petabytes of data in September. Since September 2009, data traffic is up 135.8%.

In the U.S. market, Opera is reporting the following growth:

  • Page-view growth since September 2009: 60.1 %
  • Unique-user growth since September 2009: 19.6 %
  • Data transfer growth since September 2009: 65.0 %
  • Page views per user: 331
  • Data transferred per user (MB): 8
  • Data transferred per page view (KB): 24
  • Google.com, Facebook.com and Youtube.com are the top three mobile sites visited in the U.S.

I'm not sure about the $141 in savings but Opera's mobile browsers have been busy over the past year. You can find the full report here as well as Cost-Savings Calculator and growth snapshots for the countries where Opera products are used.

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While the rest of the world is focused on Windows Phone 7, our pals in Norway haven't forgotten about Windows Mobile.

Today, Opera released an updated version of Opera Mini, bringing the version up to 5.1 and adding some new features including:

  • The ability to set Opera Mini as the default browser
  • Support for devices with high-resolution (high DPI)
  • Improved page layout and font rendering
  • Support for auto-rotation/accelerometer support
  • Advanced configuration support for power users

While its big brother, Opera Mobile, gets a lot of attention, Opera Mini has gone a long way since its days of needing a separate Java client, making the differences between the two less obvious. Having said that, we've always liked Mini a bit more than Mobile just for its sheer speed. And no, Opera has not said anything about Windows Phone 7 support, though we know native browsers are a no-go for at least v1.0 of the new OS.

Anyways, you should be able to grab version 5.1 today by navigating to m.opera.com on your phone. Check out some of the screen shots below and the full press release after the break. Sound off in comments on your thoughts after you tried it!

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Browsing the Internet is one of those things that can be a major draw for people looking to purchase a smartphone, but can be rather hit or miss due to the lack of quality mobile web browsers. For my money, having a choice between which browser you use in different situations can be a deal breaker. Luckily, Windows Mobile has more browser choices than many of its competitors.

Opera has been in the mobile browser game as long as anyone and their browsers are among the best. Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 is the latest and greatest from Opera’s Mini product. Traditionally a Java based application; Opera announced today that Opera Mini 5 is available as a native Windows Mobile application. There are technical reasons why having a native application is preferable over a Java based version. The bottom line is that a native Windows Mobile application should offer better performance, stability, and compatibility across a large array of devices.

My first impression with Opera Mini 5 is that it is FAST, though the rendering engine isn’t perfect. Mini 5 uses server side rendering; meaning that when you request a web page, a server somewhere actually downloads the files and formats it and compresses it before sending it along to your device. This method keeps your data usage to a minimum and doesn’t require as much processing power on your device. The Mini 5 UI is also very similar to what we’ve been playing with on the Opera Mobile 10 betas, which I consider a very clean and usable interface.

More information on the features you can expect from Opera Mini are available from Opera’s site. To download the application, point your mobile browser to http://m.opera.com/next/mini.

 

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It has been quite a few weeks since Opera graced us with a new beta of Opera Mobile 10 and we've been wondering just what have they been up to in the mean time.

The answer is they've been busy adding Flash Lite support to the browser in addition to improving speed by 50% (according to them).  Not bad, not bad. Then again, they were rumored to be adding Flash lite one year ago.

To refresh, Flash Lite is what Mobile Internet Explorer has been using for at least a year already (Microsoft really doesn't get enough credit for that fact). It's not full Flash, but it will allow you to watch YouTube and some other embedded videos within the browser, which is a start. In fact, due to the aging OS and standard hardware, doing full Flash would really drag the device down.

Other fixes/changes include:

  • keypad/smartphone support
  • Flash Lite 3.1 support (disabled by default)
  • Complete bookmark sync in Opera Link
  • BIDI support also for language extensions
  • phone numbers in plain text are converted to links
  • support for background sound
  • general bug fixing (stability, UI)

That's right Standard users, you finally get keypad support!  Looks like Opera didn't forget you exist.  To turn on Flash Lite, since it is off by default, go to Tools --> Settings --> Advanced and set Plug-ins to “On”.

Grab the browser here: www.opera.com/mobile/download

[via RedmondPie]

 

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Opera Beta 2u now available

Just in time for the holidays comes a small update to the rapidly evolving Opera Mobile 10 browser (see earlier hands on video and review here).

This new update contains the following fixes/additions:

  • Support for auto-rotation
  • Support for right-to-left rendering of web content
  • Quicker launch, up to 70% faster on some phone models
  • Nicer shortcut icon for WM 6.5 (requires device reboot after install)
  • A few stability fixes
  • Several other minor bug fixes

Download here.

 

[MobileTechWorld via PPCGeeks]

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First there was Opera Mobile 9.5 beta, which gave way to Opera Mobile 9.7 beta. Now, enter Opera Mobile 10 beta for Symbian. And it looks like a likely progression and brings much-improved password management, among a host of other features. Question is, will we see Opera Mobile 10 on Windows Mobile? Wmpoweruser says yes, unofficially, even though there's zero mention of WinMo in the Symbian release. So, we'll just have to see. [Opera Mobile 10 beta]

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Browser wars are a favorite pastime among smartphone nerds, and here we have a battle royale from Solopalmari featuring the iPhone, the HTC HD2 and the Acer neoTouch (don't expect to see that one in the states anytime soon). Of course, this test isn't really indicative of anything other than showing how fast each browser is on each phone — we'll leave the "best!" comments up to you guys in the comments.

Via Mobile Tech World and wmpoweruser

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For those who just can't wait till Opera 9.7+ and want to add Flash support to your existing in-ROM Opera Mobile browser, aDEO at XDA has updated that amazing little tool called fixOperaFlash.

Hacking Flash into Opera has been around for awhile, but aDEO's app makes it the process a matter of clicking a few buttons with a fancy and sophisticated installer. The program was just recently updated to v1.5.2, with updated Flash library package and some minor bug fixes.

Basically you just download the .exe, put it into your \Windows\Opera direction, run it and follow the directions so detailed here.  Make sure you choose the right device from the selector.

So how does it work? Pretty well though any limitations come clearly from our aging MSM processors, which struggle to run Flash inside of the resource intensive Opera Mobile browser--in other words, don't plan on too much multi-tasking when watching embedded YouTube videos! Still, it works well on the Touch Pro 2.

Having said that, this is a great example of smart programming, so give it a spin if Flash is what you need.

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So over the last few days you may have heard about Opera releasing their latest beta of Opera Mini, version 5 — which of course is different from Opera Mobile.  The former relies on Java and renders on a server (like Skyfire), whereas the latter runs natively on Windows Mobile and runs direct to the web.

It's been 2 years since version 4 came out, so it makes sense for an overhaul. 

There seems to be a hardcore following of Opera Mini out there though, so we just took it for a spin.  Our thoughts?  Yeah, it's pretty darn good.  In fact, you can really feels how Opera is aiming to merge both Mini and Mobile into one — the graphics in Mini look more and more like Mobile and Mobile 9.7 beta is getting Mini's server-based rendering in the guise of "Turbo Mode".

If you already have Java installed, then just hop here to download the Opera Mini 5 update.  Have no idea about any of this stuff but just want to try it? Boxer112 cab'd it up for us, which you can download from your favorite file host  or grab it from ppcgeeks. Just run the .cab and bam, you'll have an Opera Mini 5, Start menu icon and Java installed.  Easy!

See the full press release here on Opera Mini 5

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Update 2: Matt checks back in and lets us know that while there is a check box for "Turbo," it doesn't enable a proxy like in the 9.7 beta.

Original: One of the main features of the Opera Mobile 9.7 beta is the "Turbo" feature, which basically switches the browser to a proxy mode, rendering the page elsewhere and piping it to your phone. Bottom line: It's faster, but with more security concerns.

But it turns out the Turbo mode is available in the build of Opera Mobile 9.5 found on the recently released T-Mobile Touch Pro 2. Matt Miller (of Nokia Experts fame and his own ZDNet blog) discovered such and shares the details:

  1. Type opera:config in the URL box.
  2. Scroll to User Prefs
  3. Choose "Turbo Mode" and hit the checkbox to enable it.
  4. Scroll down and hit save.

Matt also details a couple of other tricks, such as setting Opera to be the default browser in TouchFLO 3D, and increasing the number of tabs possible in the browser. Check it all out here.

Update: Our pal Gregory, who reviewed the Telus Touch Pro 2 for us, er, tells us that the Turbo mode is available in the Canadian version, too.

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A few people had been asking, "If Opera Mobile 9.7 is coming, why's 9.5 still in beta?" The Opera Mobile blog explains:

Our core department has released a new version of Opera Presto which contained support for Opera Turbo, more advanced web standards, Gears and several other improvements. We wanted to make this available to our users as soon as possible, and chose to upgrade the core version in Opera Mobile. Updating the browser core is a big step forward for us, and it felt natural to change the version number.

We have to upgrade to a new browser core as often as possible. Several products using a wide range of browser core versions introduces a lot of overhead (several version of core has to be maintained and worked on at the same time), so we try to use the most current stable core version at all times.

Makes sense to us. Now, can we get a copy of 9.7 already? :)

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Our love-hate relationship with Internet Explorer may again become a bit of a moot point as Opera Mobile has announced some details of the next version of its browser.

CNet reports that Opera Mobile 9.7 will support Flash and Ajax. CNet also says Opera Turbo, which squeezes data through slower connections, will make its mobile debut, and that 9.7 scores a perfect 100 on the Acid 3 rendering test. Google Gears and Open GL ES for graphics also will be on board, as will widgets.

Drool.

Opera Mobile 9.7 is intended for release by carriers and phone manufacturers, CNet says, but a consumer release is hinted at.

Alls we know is this: Between IE6, Skyfire, Firefox and now Opera 9.7, it's starting to look like the browser wars are back with a vengence.

Update: Opera's posted a video of 9.7 in action. Peep it after the break.

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We're a little jealous of our friends at NokiaExperts over this one. Opera Labs has introduced Fingertouch, which essentially pops up a group of links to make it easier to select one.

There is a catch right now in that it's only available on Symbian, and UIQ at that, and not the newer S60. But let's hope we see this on Opera Mobile 9.5 on Windows Mobile real soon.

Opera Mobile blog (via IntoMobile)

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The lads over at Opera Labs have released a tech preview of Opera Mobile 9.5 that also has support for Google Gears.

Put in their words:

The use cases for Gears differ somewhat between mobile and desktop devices. On mobile, Gears is perfect for creating a better user experience by allowing applications to cache data more efficiently, so you can cut down on bandwidth, and carry out processes discreetly in the background. On the desktop, Gears has ideal functionality for allowing your applications to function offline and synchronize data with the server when you get back online again. You can try this out for yourself with the various Gears samples available on Google Code.

Read more about it here, and then head on over for the download.

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