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BROWSING: Opera Technical Preview for Microsoft Smartphone 2003 released
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 14.10.04 - 17:00:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 10504x
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Today, Opera released its previously announced web browser as a technical preview for the Microsoft Smartphone platform:

Users must be aware that a TP is not a final product and does not contain all features that are expected with a final release. Furthermore, users cannot register a TP and it should be regarded for preview purposes only.

The TP is free for all users, but will expire Dec 31, 2004.

Note that this is a TP and that no work has been done on size optimization. If you have little space on internal disk it is recommended to install on external media. This will increase start-up time significantly, but browsing performance is not affected.

Opera will normally work with the same access point as Pocket Internet Explorer.

Release Notes
This TP is limited in features, but in our experience very stable. It can be recommended even if you are not used to beta software.

The browser is based on the same browser engine as the Opera desktop browsers. In fact, this release has the same standards support as the currently available 7.60 TP1 for desktop. It also includes Small-Screen Rendering version 3.0 which provides even better usability, performance and layout closer to the original design than previous versions. This is the first publicly available version of mobile Opera to include this technology.

The user interface feature set of the TP is however quite limited. There is for example no bookmark functionality or scrollbar. This will naturally be improved in the future. We appreciate feedback and suggestions in these forums.

Only basic security protocols have been implemented. This may limit compatibility with some sites.

Mobile Accelerator
The TP includes free use of the Opera Mobile Accelerator which compresses mark-up and image files before they are downloaded to the phone, thus speeding up browsing and reducing costs. The Accelerator is pre-configured and enabled by default.

Hardware and Software requirements
This release is only for Smartphone 2003. It will not work on Smartphone 2002 or Pocket PC devices.
The build has been tested on the following hardware:

  • HTC Tanager
  • 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 etc

In addition I can tell you, that it's also working fine with the Motorola MPx220.
Even if it is a technical preview only, and the installation file is 2 MB, the application itself is working great, as soon as it launched. I think, Opera needs to improve a lot in terms of size, speed, etc but the results of browsing websites is more than promissing! Well done Opera - I'm looking forward to test the final version!

Cheers ~ Arne

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