August 6, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Opera Mobile is coming to Android, according to Opera Software CEO Jon von Tetzchner. In an interview with PCMag, von Tetzchner said, “Yes, we are working on an Android version,” when speaking of the powerful Opera Mobile browser for smartphones.
Isn’t Opera already available for Android? Not quite. The Opera browser in the Android Market is Opera Mini, which reformats web pages to make them easier to load on smartphones. Opera Mobile on the other hand is the real-deal app that offers true web browsing. Content isn’t omitted or changed drastically for the sake of the mobile device, though there is some compression to speed up loading times of full desktop version websites.
Opera Mobile is a bigger star on Symbian and Windows Mobile because it surpasses the default browsers, but Android’s WebKit browser is a more than decent option. On other platforms, Opera also offers tabbed browsing, a download manager, bookmarks with folders and sharing options, and web history organized according to date among other features. Android already has many of these features, but Opera could entice users if its performs those tasks better and translates its reputation for speed.
No release date or timeline has been announced for Opera Mobile for Android.