The new Opera Mobile 9.7 beta has a lot of people talking and taking further attention away from competitor Safari, which lost its edge in the worldwide lead in mobile web browsing last month.
Now, Opera is aiming to “accelerate the mobile browsing experience” for Windows Mobile-based phones.
What it all boils down to is speed, fitting with the theme of Opera’s recently launched technology for faster surfing called Opera Turbo. Basically, the Opera Mobile 9.7 beta features a mobile version of Opera Turbo.
– Server-accelerated rendering. Opera Mobile unburdens the mobile phone of its full rendering responsibilities by off-loading this task to Opera servers. This frees device resources, thus improving
download rates and overall performance.
– Compression technology. Opera Turbo uses advanced compression technology to speed up data transfer and to reduce the amount of data that needs to be downloaded by up to 80 percent. This means that despite network shortcomings or in the absence of a powerful device, Opera Turbo enables a fast and rich browsing experience that is even faster than the most advanced 3G phones.
Opera is taking it one step further with the beta test by including its newly upgraded browser engine called Opera Presto 2.2, for faster page loads and better overall performance.
I’m checking it out at the moment myself and I have to say that so far I’m pretty impressed. To try it yourself, download Opera Mobile 9.7 beta at http://www.opera.com/mobile/download/