Review: Opera Browser Beta 16 for Android With Redesigned Off-Road Mode

  Opera Software has released an updated Beta of their Chrome/Webkit based Opera Browser for Android. According to Opera the changes in this version include: Chromium upgrade to version 29 Compression method change in Off-road mode Improvements in download manager Improved NFC communication Various stability and performance fixes The biggest change is the one to off-road mode. In previous Opera Browser for Android versions Off-road mode was essentially Opera Mini. JavaScript, HTML and CSS were parsed and rendered in the … Continue reading

Webkit Based Opera Mobile Android Beta Now Available – First Impressions

Opera Software has released an initial Beta of a new version of the Opera Browser for Android that’s based on the open source Webkit browser engine instead of Opera’s own Presto engine.  Opera is winding down Presto development and will eventually use Webkit for all its products. The new release, called Opera 14 Beta, is available now in Google Play for devices running Android 2.3 and latter.  It was announced in a post today on the My Opera – Opera Mobile … Continue reading

Nokia N9 Browser Review

The Web browser  is the first thing I check out on any new phone. I’ve been using the browser on the N9 quite heavily for the last week.  Read on for my extensive review including a video of the browser in action. The N9 Browser User Interface: Like just about everything in the Swipe UI, the browser’s interface is minimalistic but highly usable. There is a narrow, unmovable docked panel at the top of the screen (image above, left) that contains a combined address/search field … Continue reading

The E73 Browser Dissected

This is a continuation of my Nokia E73 “Mode” reveiew. Here’s a look at the built in WebKit based Nokia browser. I’ve been using an N95-3 as my main phone for years so I’m pretty familiar with the Symbian browser.  But  the browser in  Feature Pack 2 (FP2) devices like  the E73 is quite a bit newer.  The E73’s is version 7.2, based on  WebKit; 525. The N95’s browser is based on the much older  WebKit 413.  Here’s the full … Continue reading

BlackBerry Adopting Webkit – Trouble for Opera?

It’s a big news day in the mobile world today with Nokia announcing a netbook, Spinvox spokesman and well known mobile blogger James Whatley leaving the beleaguered company and Google openning submissions for the second Android Developer Challenge. Somewhat lost in the flurry of news were a couple of other stories that I think will have a big long term impact on the way we develop for and use our mobile devices. First up, TorchMobile announced that they have been … Continue reading

CES Impressions – Palm, Nokia, Skype

I’m not actually AT CES but I’ve been following it on the blogosphere.  The big mobile announcement is of course the Palm Pre.  It’s the first device running the  long awaited (and twice delayed) Linux based, next generation Palm platform, which is called WebOS rather than Nova.  Very iPhonesque in appearance,  but with a slide out QWERY keyboard, the Pre features a multi-touch UI.  The few people who’ve been allowed to play with it have  found the user experience be … Continue reading