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VIDEOVIEW: Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta on Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 15.02.08 - 18:09:03 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 24065x
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During another off-site meeting in Barcelona, I had some more time to play with the recently announced Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta web browser. Even if not yet available commercially but only available for ODM and carrier partners and still in Beta, Opera Software made a fantastic job already to bring the real Internet to mobile devices, without any proxy servers in between but by rendering the web sites on the device. With Opera Mobile 9.5, Windows Mobile smartphones will finally get a web browser which is - at least - on the same level as Apple's iPhone browser or Nokia's S60 web browser; and no wonder that so many carriers and ODMs will include Opera Mobile 9.5 into its future device offer (as HTC will do with the Advantage 16 GB as well as T-Mobile will do with the Ameo 16 GB):

As you can see on the video above, Flash video isn't working yet because it requires Adobe's Flash Lite 3 which needs to be licensed separately. But Opera Software confirmed, that - if Flash Lite 3 is included - Opera Mobile 9.5 will be able to play Flash videos, as the one above or available at YouTube and other video portals.

Opera Mobile 9.5 should be commercially available later this Spring but it will be released inbuilt with new Windows Mobile 6 smartphones before already. The consumer version is expected to cost something around US$ 24.95 and as always, Opera Software plans a free trial version too.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Lazy to Register on 15.02.08 - 18:45:00

Here we go, thanks a lot for the video! Next time Opera better hires you for a video demonstration! wink
Desperately awaiting the consumer availability!!!

Posted by lUp on 15.02.08 - 19:54:16

What, no zooming in to text width as on the ipod Touch/iphone?
Is this subject to change, or has apple filed some stupid patent for this? Otherwise looks fine. Will choose this for my future Xperia X1 big_smile

Posted by Mike12 on 16.02.08 - 01:50:15

You can try it out yourself. Opera 9.5 beta:

Posted by Arne Hess on 17.02.08 - 13:14:59

Hm, right but you might want to read this statement on the Opera Mobile blog in advance.
All I can say is, that this isn't the final Opera Mobile 9.5 as we will see it released later anyway. As promising this Alpha seems to be, as good will be the final product - I'm sure.
But anyway, it will be a tough competition later this year - as soon as the Firefox Mobile is out and available too.

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