|Thu Jul 17, 2008 - 6:01 PM EDT - By Jennifer Chappell|
Opera Software announced today the release of their much-anticipated, first public version of Opera Mobile 9.5 beta. WooHoo!
Opera has changed the face of its mobile browser in 9.5 beta. Just like the latest version of Opera Mini, Opera Mobile 9.5 beta now defaults to page overview mode, allowing users to view the entire Web page and instantly recognize the Web site. Users can focus on specific page content by using the panning and zooming options. Opera also introduces a sleek, new user interface for easier navigation:
�Our fans have been eager for the release of Opera Mobile 9.5 since it first appeared at the Mobile World Congress this year,� says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. �We are now answering the call of the people and delivering what we proudly proclaim to be our best Opera Mobile browser to date. It is a totally new user experience.�
Opera has thought of the developer's needs with this first beta release and have included several features to enable easier development on the mobile platform:
Dieter has a great hands-on video (tested on a Sprint Mogul) over at our sister site WMExperts, so be sure to check that out. Dieter's video shows what a memory hog Opera Mobile can be as "Out of Memory" kept popping up on the Mogul's screen when Dieter was viewing the WMExperts site. But like Dieter mentions, Opera Mobile does run pretty snappy.
In Dieter's hands-on article, he mentions what Co-WMExperts writer Phil Nickinson wrote in about Opera running on his Treo 750:
Runs pretty well on my trusty 750 (even with EDGE only), but HOLY MEMORY HOG BATMAN! Might wanna suggest this, too, to move the cache to the storage card...
You can read the full article and find out what Phil suggested to do in order to move the cache to the storage card. I'm sure going to take Phil's advice when I install Opera Mobile 9.5 on my Treo 750!
Let's take a look at Opera Mobile 9.5's New Features:
Other than the memory hog thing, I thought Opera Mobile 9.5 beta looked mighty impressive in Dieter's video. I can't wait to try it myself!
You can download Opera Mobile 9.5 beta here for free. Enjoy! ;-)
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