By March 26, 2009

Opera Mobile 9.7 with Opera Turbo


image Opera are set to announce an upcoming release: Opera Mobile 9.7 Beta for Windows Mobile touchscreen devices. The new version will include the Presto 2.2 rendering engine which will be used in future desktop versions along with an improved widget manager and hardware acceleration with OpenGL ES support, ensuring smoother scrolling, panning and a more fluid user interface. The full feature set is after the break along with a video demo on a Sony Ericsson Xperia.

The Opera Mobile 9.7 Beta will include the following great features:

    • Improved rendering engine

      Opera Mobile 9.7 Beta uses the Presto 2.2 rendering engine, which will also be used in the Opera 10 desktop browser. Presto 2.2 offers faster page loading, and we’re excited to use this state-of-the-art rendering engine and be at the forefront of standards support with 100/100 on Acid 3.

    • Opera Turbo

      Finally we can show you Opera Turbo on mobile! Opera Turbo accelerates the browsing experience by reducing bandwidth consumption up to 80%. Many of you will be familiar with Opera’s compression technology from using Opera Mini, and with Opera Mobile 9.7 you’ll get the best of both worlds – a full-fledged browser with extra Turbo capabilities. It’s not the full version of Opera Turbo yet (yes, that’s a Beta feature in a Beta release), but we couldn’t wait to show you this cool feature.

    • Improved Widget Manager

      Opera Widgets are small, handy Web applications that run locally on your mobile phone. Our new Widget Manager has improved usability and design, and runs independently from the browser.

    • Gears

      Gears is a Google open source project that enables more powerful web applications, by adding new features to your web browser. Read more about Gears on Opera Labs.

    • OpenGL ES

      Hardware acceleration with OpenGL ES support, ensuring smoother scrolling, panning and a more fluid user interface.

      Also, we’ve tried to iron out some of the major issues with the 9.51 Beta, among other things:

      • Installation on storage card is now possible, and the Beta happily coexists with preinstalled versions of Opera Mobile.

      • Better IME support (although a lot of non-standard 3rd party IME applications still make this a difficult task).

      • Better performance and feedback when clicking links.

      via Opera

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