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Opera Mobile 10.1 beta now available for Android


Just as announced earlier on, Opera Mobile is now available for Android. You can find it at the Market, just search for “Opera Mobile”.

First you’ll notice that the Opera Mobile installation file is 6.4MB, which is substantially bigger than its Mini’s 800KB. Running Opera Mobile for the first time doesn’t feel much different from its Mini counterpart. However when you start browsing, that’s where you feel the difference of its full rending engine.

Pages load immediately as they come and you can now pinch to zoom instead of the previous stepped zoom in/out views. We noticed that while pinch to zoom, the text does take a while to rerender itself as if the text was a progressive JPG image which is pretty weird. For those who regularly surf on slower connection, you can always hit the Opera Turbo feature in Settings for server side compression of web pages.

Still confused with the difference between Opera Mini and Opera Mobile? Opera has a better explaination here.