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BROWSING: Opera Software released final version of Opera 8 for Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 30.06.05 - 14:07:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 10868x
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Opera Software today released the latest and final version of their Opera 8 Web browser for Windows Mobile based Smartphones, enabling Smartphone users to surf the Web with speed and ease on their mobile devices. Opera's deployment to Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform is a result of customers' and operators' demand for a fast and full-featured Web browser on Windows Mobile devices and began with the first public technical preview in October last year. Now, Oslo based Opera software have finalized their developments and have published the final version for public download - without any further limitations.

"Originally, we had not planned to make Opera available on the Windows Mobile platform, but users kept asking for it because they were disappointed with the far from satisfactory performance of the browser that came shipped on their devices," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "We are very pleased to offer the speedy Opera Web experience to Windows Mobile Smartphone users, and we are certain that operators will enjoy added benefit as Opera on their subscribers' Smartphones will increase data traffic and offer compelling use-cases for these devices."

Two technical previews of the Opera Web browser for Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone were released in autumn 2004. The previews were enthusiastically received by 120,000 end-users who downloaded, tested and provided valuable feedback. Opera 8 for Windows Mobile is based on Opera's latest core technology, proving that Opera's embedded deliveries are in synch with desktop browser developments.

Opera 8 for Windows Mobile offers Smartphone users more speed, smooth usability and rich content display as they access the full Internet, creating a Web experience unlike any other available for these devices. The browser supports all major Web standards, including CSS2, DOM 2 and JavaScript. Based on Opera's new core code, Opera 8 for Windows Mobile also includes the latest version of Opera's unique Small-Screen Rendering which dynamically reformats Web pages to fit the width of any screen, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling.

Opera 8 for Windows Mobile offers Smartphone users more speed, smooth usability and rich content display as they access the full Internet, creating a Web experience unlike any other available for these devices. The browser supports all major Web standards, including CSS2, DOM 2 and JavaScript. Based on Opera's new core code, Opera 8 for Windows Mobile also includes the latest version of Opera's unique Small-Screen Rendering which dynamically reformats Web pages to fit the width of any screen, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling.

This release is only for Windows Mobile based Smartphone 2003 (Second Edition) devices and will not work on any Smartphone 2002 or Pocket PC devices! The build has been tested by Opera on the following hardware:

  • HTC Voyager - aka Orange SPV-E200, Qtek 8080, i-mate SP2, etc.
  • HTC Typhoon - aka Orange SPV-C500, T-Mobile SDA, Audiovox SMT-5600, Qtek 8010, i-mate SP3/SP3i, etc.

However, as you can see on the screenshots above, Opera 8 for Smartphone also supports Windows Mobile 5.0 with QVGA Smartphones.

The full version is available from Opera as a time limited trial version. The full version costs 29,00 Euro and is available from the Opera website.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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