Oct 14th, 2010

Browser preferences are a very personal thing and many people tend to be pretty die-hard about their browser of choice. For Opera users with Android devices, this has been rather frustrating. The company announced the beta of their Opera Mini for Android browser back in March, and updated the app in July, but still lacked many features of standard Android browsers like pinch to zoom. Not anymore.

At Up North Web, the company announced they were hard at work on Opera for Android and would launch the browser within a month.

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The release comes with 3 main improvements:

  • A new name: Opera for Android sounds a lot better than Opera Mini 5.x if you ask me
  • Pinch to zoom: previously there were only two levels of touch and zoom in/out
  • Hardware acceleration: essentially allows Opera to run at “lightning speed” so they’ve improved performance

Opera-icon-low-resYou can’t quite download Opera Mobile for Android yet, but they assure us that it will be available “within a month”, so mark November 14th on your calendar and if you haven’t heard anything by then, let the inevitable complaint storm begin.