December 10, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Back when I was still a Windows Mobile phone user, Opera Mobile was a must-have. It offered new features that I loved and far outpaced the default browser. That’s why I’m glad to see that Opera Software is gunning to bring that experience to more smartphone users across platforms.
Today, Opera announced that an Android version of Opera Mobile 10 is available to network operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s). Though regular consumers cannot yet get their hands on Opera, the fact that an Android version of the browser is going out to manufacturers means we’re one step closer to seeing Opera 10 appear on an Android device.
The announcement is part of Opera’s new imitative to have a cross-platform UI that looks the same on Android as it does on Windows Mobile or Symbian. It’s built with operators in mind, so only carriers and phone manufacturers interested in including Opera as part of their device will be able to access it. This makes me wonder if Opera will release the browser as a downloadable app in the Android Market any time soon or if we will have to wait until the browser is available on one of the phones slated to be released next year. I hope to know soon because I’d love to see a challenger to Dolphin or Steel, the best browser alternatives currently available.