What’s that? Opera Mobile is already available? – check again, that is Opera “Mini”, this is Opera “Mobile”. I’m sure it’s quite similar to its sister app, but this new version of the mobile Opera browser packs a few new features. One that’s been missing is the coveted pinch-to-zoom action. It’s about time too, as this has been one of the first features that got us giddy about multi-touch interfaces It’s also the reason we are all secretly being turned into crabs. Admit it, you are making the pinching movements right now.
Opera Mobile is also throwing in hardware acceleration. This allows the little red browser to take full advantage of your mobile phone’s GPU, giving you fluid pinching power! Oh, it also improves browsing speeds, like rendering of graphics and smoother scrolling. Mmmm yea, smooth like butter – wait, keep that away from me!
Don’t forget Opera already does off-site web page compression. Basically squeezing that data down as much as 90% before sending it to your phone for faster load times. So when you add the new features above, you’ve got some pretty sweet surfing power right in the palm of your claw…err I mean hand. Expect the first public beta version of Opera Mobile within a month.