By now, I assume you’ve heard that Opera Software will soon be bringing its full-fledged mobile browser product, Opera Mobile, to Android Market for people to download and use free of charge. The company declines to say when exactly they intend to launch the product, going only as far as to say it will be “within the next few weeks”.
The public release of the consumer offering was just a matter of time, as Opera Mobile for Android as a product already existed, albeit for Opera’s OEM partners only.
Soon, Android users from around the world will be able to give the browser a whirl.
Note that it differs from Opera Mini for Android, which is a special kind of browser that renders web pages from Opera’s servers rather than natively on the handset.
Opera is running some test builds on select Android smartphones, and this morning I caught up with Opera Mobile & Devices product manager Phillip Grønvold for a quick interview and a demo on a Samsung Galaxy S phone, which I captured on video:
Opera Mobile was launched in 2000 as the first mobile browser to bring the full Web to the small mobile screen. Since 2004 it has been installed on 125 million phones. Opera Mobile has pioneered and set the standard in mobile browsing, supporting the latest technologies and receiving industry acclaim. Today, Opera continues to provide the best mobile Web experience with Opera Mobile 9.7.
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Norway-based Opera provides web browsers for the desktop, mobile, and other electronics such as the Wii. It also provides a service called Opera Link that lets you access bookmarks across devices. Opera is an independent Scandinavian company that’s been in the business of making web browsers since 1994. Our founders saw the internet as a way of making information free and available to everyone in the world, regardless of where they lived or how they got online. Ever since then, one...