Opera debuts Opera 12, Mini Next, and support for Intel chipsets

Opera debuts Opera 12, Mini Next, and support for Intel chipsets

Opera Software has announced a number of mobile initiatives at Mobile World Congress, many of which have Android implications.  For starters, there’s a new version of their popular mobile web browser, Opera 12, which improves on its predecesor with a few added features.

  • WebGL on Android phones, for all things 3D and web. With WebGL on mobile, it’ll be even easier to make games cross platform and to distribute them. “Opera have contributed significantly to the development of the WebGL specification and now Opera Mobile is playing a leading role in the roll-out of GPU-accelerated WebGL on Android,” said Neil Trevett, Khronos president and vice president of mobile content at NVIDIA.
  • Ragnarök, Opera’s HTML5 parser support, meaning better web apps and increased compatibility with websites. More HTML5 means more advanced web functionality.
  • Support for camera use in the browser.
  • More possibilities for customizing the Speed Dial of Opera Mobile, including entering as many Speed Dial entries as you like.

For those of you who prefer a smaller, not-so-feature-rich, experience, you’ll be happy to know that Opera is introducing Opera Mini Next.  In a beta-like fashion, the app gives early adopters a sneak preview at what is next for the mini web client.

In smartphone versions of Opera Mini Next, the Smart Page will not make an appearance in this version… Android users of Opera Mini Next will get a smoother browsing experience, with hardware acceleration and a revamped Speed Dial. The revamped Speed Dial screen, with an unlimited number of Speed Dial shortcuts, debuts in all versions of Opera Mini Next for easy access to all your favorite websites.

Rounding out the announcements today are support for both Intel architectures and MIPS-based Android tablets.

[app]com.opera.browser[/app]

[app]com.opera.mini.next.android[/app]

 

About author

Scott Webster
Scott Webster 6574 posts

Scott has been running AndroidGuys since 2007 and loves nothing more than reading up on the latest smartphone rumors. His other mobile efforts can be found on Android Update (CNET) where he covers Google's mobile platform.

You might also like

News and Rumors

Android Preferred to iOS When It Comes to Ads

Chalk up another win for Android (however bittersweet it may be). The CEO of Pontiflex recently was quoted saying that Android was more important for mobile ads because it was so much faster in implementing ads.

News and Rumors

Preorder Acer’s Android-Based Aspire One D250 Netbook on Amazon

The first Android-based netbook is now officially available for pre-sale at Amazon.com. To be completely up-front, the Aspire One D250 is actually a dual-boot device with Android and Windows XP

News and Rumors

Got an App Idea? Apply at Google

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that according to “sources close to the company”, Google is getting ready to hire a slew of Android app developers, building an in-house app lab to drive their Market push this upcoming fiscal year.

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply