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MWC LIVE: Hands-on Video of Opera Mobile 9.5 on Windows Mobile Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 10.02.08 - 20:36:16 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 16532x
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Tonight I had my first 15 minutes with the recently announced but not yet released Opera Mobile 9.5 web browser on a Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. As Opera confirmed, we will see a release of this browser later this year - most likely in Spring (even if the Opera Software spokesman mentioned that Spring is coming later to Oslo). He also confirmed that Opera Mobile 9, which was announced on last year's 3GSM World Congress was never released for Windows Mobile but the PC development kept Opera that busy that it was postponed to Opera Mobile 9.5. Nevertheless, Opera 9 for PC and Opera Mobile 9.5 now shares the identical code base.

As you can see bellow, the current build is working pretty fast, even if Opera told me that this is an internal development build only and still far away from the final version. Nevertheless, it's quite promising (even if the device was working on GPRS only, not UMTS but this gives you an even better impression how fast the browser is):

I've also spoken with Opera Software about Opera Mini and unlike Opera Mini, Opera Mobile is again not using a proxy server in between. The reason why Opera isn't using a proxy server for Opera Mobile is, that the company see some problems with user interaction on Opera Mini, especially with drop-down menus, etc. and since Opera Mini was designed for lower CPU platforms, Opera Software sees no reason to provide a reduced user experience on powerful devices.

While Opera Software hasn't named any partners, it was said that we will see Opera Mobile 9.5 preinstalled on smartphones as well (like Opera 8.65 is preinstalled on the Motorola Q9h already).
A consumer price wasn't announced today but will be unveiled with the release of Opera Mobile 9.5 which will be released - most likely - as a public Beta first.

Cheers ~ Arne


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