Opera Software continues to improve its Opera Mobile 10 browser for Windows Mobile and Symbian/S60 phones, with the release of an upgrade to its latest beta (beta 2). This critical step towards the final version of Opera Mobile 10 includes several updates aimed at improving the user experience. Localization for Hebrew and Arabic-speaking regions was prioritized in the Windows Mobile version, and native keyboard integration is a key feature of the S60 version.
With the first beta versions of Opera Mobile 10 released in November, Opera is making quick progress in adding features and improving performance on its powerhouse mobile browser. Opera Mobile 10 is the browser that is bringing the desktop surfing experience to the small mobile screen and was one of the first members of the Opera browser family to introduce a new, unified user interface. Favorite Opera desktop features appear in Opera Mobile 10, including Speed Dial, tabbed browsing and password manager.
Here is a look at what the upgrade of Opera Mobile 10 beta 2 brings to each platform:
Opera Mobile 10 beta 2 for Windows Mobile touchscreen phones
* Support for Hebrew and Arabic Web sites. Right-to-left rendering now works on Opera Mobile 10.
* Faster loading. When the Opera icon is pressed, watch out for even faster loading of the browser.
* Increased auto-rotation support. More phones now support auto-rotation.
Opera Mobile 10 beta 2 for Symbian/S60
* Native keyboard input integration. Users are now able to use their default keyboards to input characters, allowing users to write in their native languages when searching on Google or writing an e-mail, for example.
“With each of our beta releases, we put users first. Their needs are our first priority, which is why it was important for us to add bi-directional language support and the ability to input native characters, such as Chinese, into the browser,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “There are millions of Hebrew, Arabic and Chinese speakers out there, and we want to make sure that Opera works seamlessly for them, allowing them to surf the Web within the comforts of their native language.”