Opera Mobile For Android

A beta of the Opera Mobile web browser will be released for Android within the next month. You might know that Opera Mini has been available for Android for some time, but it has less features than Opera Mobile, which is intended to have a similar feature set as the desktop version of Opera.

Opera Mobile for Android will support pinch to zoom, which is not available in Opera Mini, and it will take advantage of hardware acceleration. I think another difference between the two is that Opera Mini works with proxy servers hosted by Opera that retrieve web pages and compress them before sending them to the device, while Opera Mobile is a stand-alone web browser. While page compression significantly speeds up page loads, it also means the page is flowing through Opera’s servers, so you might not want to use Opera Mini to retrieve confidential information. In fact, I believe Opera Mini is not capable of loading secure web pages using HTTPS.