Hot on the heels of the announcement of SkyFire, Opera comes out punching with a video demo of Opera Mobile 9.5. The new stuff is sweet. First up, wicked fast rendering, about 2.5 times faster than Pocket IE (Opera rubs it in just a little much in the video). Opera also gets that we usually want a decent, usable fullscreen mode by default. There's a little semi-transparent area you can tap to bring up your various buttons. It follows the iPhone's lead by rendering the entire page and letting you zoom in to what you're interested in. That rendering also looks awfully darn accurate, too. We could go on... Oh, let's go on: Better tab support. Double-tap to zoom in and out. Stored passwords. Auto-send images directly from the browser. Fast.
Oh, and widgets, because everybody needs widgets. Remember the original wireless Palm pilot and its quasi-apps that were really just light portals to web information? Yeah, it's like that.
I want ++++
As excited as I was about skyfire, this *really* makes me excited. I can't wait.
I was always mixed on Opera--I liked it, but it was still sort of a chore to load and had some weird quirks. But this finally seems like a real mobile browser...
Wow.....the UI seems to look like a blacked Safari from the iPhone. I wonder what Apple will do to differentiate from this (feature-wise) in their next few updates. This looks like it might add quite a bit of functionality. Although yet to be determined is if it'll run Java or Flash correctly.
EDIT: after looking through the site, it looks like it's fully flash ready!
I absolutely love Opera 8.65. Hopefully upgrading won't cost me full price.
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