Korean video comparing the browser performance of the iPhone 4 and the LG Optimus 2X has emerged, and although it's not exactly scientific, the Android smartphone does seem to render faster than its Apple rival. The Tegra 2 smartphone is expected to make its debut at CES 2011 this week. Apple's mobile internet experience has become the de-facto standard by which smartphone browsers are judged, for many users, so this strong performance by the Optimus 2X leaves us hopeful. Still, without knowing the background to the test - such as what connection each phone was using, whether pages had been cached, or other details - it's hard to draw any more comprehensive conclusions. [youtube w4tCELluqn8] [via Android Arena]
latest browser, Opera Mobile 10.1 beta for Android, offering faster rendering, tabbed browsing and - optionally - the company's data-reducing Opera Turbo compression. A free download, Opera Mobile 10.1 beta also gets pinch-zoom, wireless bookmark sync and a password manager. You can download the new browser by visiting http://www.opera.com/mobile/ on your Android phone. [youtube VbJPAPoOZho] [youtube oYZgR9N8kDs] [youtube i9zZD2BtobY] [youtube ii5weSxTOJk] [youtube RlKlpP6M3RQ] [youtube bVRa2pg3tq4] Press Release:
Turbo charge your Android Opera Mobile 10.1 beta for Android available Oslo, Norway — 9 November 2010 Android users now have a new choice when it comes to browsers. Today, Opera Software announced that Opera Mobile 10.1 beta is available in the Android Market for free, providing the many millions of Android users better browser performance and an improved user experience. Android users are known to appreciate speed and functionality. They are also known for their demands for new and improved software for their handsets, as well as an almost emotional relationship to their phones. Now, they have the opportunity to run Opera Mobile, made by a company that shares their passion for a better browser. “Android users now have a better choice when it comes to using a browser on their mobile devices,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “With Opera’s new browser for Android, we give users the opportunity to access the Web, using the best tools available.” Opera Mobile boasts faster page loading than other browsers and a highly fluid panning, scrolling and smooth zooming experience. Speed Dial, another Opera innovation, gives quick and easy access to the user’s favorite websites while the password manager saves the user from cumbersome mobile-phone typing. Additionally, users will experience better browsing on slow or congested networks with Opera Turbo, which provides up to 80 percent data compression. Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta for Android also features: Easy tab management with visual tabs Opera Presto rendering engine Sync your bookmarks across devices with Opera Link Ability to be set as the default browser Geolocation support SVG support Download Download Opera Mobile directly to the Android phone for free from the Android Market or at m.opera.com/next. For more information, visit http://www.opera.com/mobile/. Opera Mobile is available for Android users in the following 18 versions: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
has announced that Opera Mobile for Android will be released within a month, complete with hardware acceleration and pinch-to-zoom. The company claims that the former "allows Opera Mobile to run at lightning speed" and that "navigating a page will be faster than ever, and the improvements to the UI will be momentous." Meanwhile, rather than the two-stage zooming in Opera Mobile currently, the new version for Android will support multiple levels of pinch-zooming. "Text will now be rendered at a per character level" the company says, "and zooming in will be a fluid zoom from page-width down to the text you want to focus on."
Upon release, Fennec will be named “Firefox 4 for Android and Nokia N900.” The simple name change will prevent the potential confusion Mozilla marketing will face when people may be confused why the mobile version is only 2.x, but the desktop version is 4.x. [Via Mark Finkle's Blog]