After a short delay, the 1st and long awaited Beta of Opera Mobile 9.5 was just released. So far, this release works with Windows Mobile only and Symbian support will be added in the upcoming (or final) build(s).
What’s new in it? Well, since Opera Mobile 9.5 is now using Presto rendering engine, it’s much faster, “more than 2.5 times faster than Internet Explorer Mobile” as they claim. Other changes include:
Pan and zoom — Just like Opera Mini, Opera Mobile 9.5 beta defaults to full Web page viewing and allows users to pan and zoom into their desired content easily.
Improved user interface — Opera has completely renovated its mobile UI. Cleaner and more intuitive, the new UI is designed for quick and easy navigation.
Opera Dragonfly — Use your Opera desktop browser to debug sites on your mobile phone through the Opera Mobile 9.5 debug menu.
Improved standards support — Opera Mobile 9.5 is the most standards compliant browser available, and the company remains steadfast in its commitment to make the Web accessible for all.
Save pages and/or images — With a click, simply save pages to your phone.
ActiveX is disabled -> Flash plugins and embedded video streaming do not work.
Custom IME’s (like HTC’s IME) will be buggy at best, not working at worst.
Not multilingual build — Only English is supported. Problems with other languages (and input methods) is not unexpected.
Installation on memory cards may cause problems.
Text wraps in overview mode.
Fails on ACID2 test
Overall, new Opera Mobile looks great and I’m looking forward to try it.
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