Opera releases new browser for mobile devices

Norwegian company Opera Software ASA announced that they have released their latest browser for mobile apps. The company claims that their latest entrant to the browser world will have faster page rendering and has user interface enhancements.

The latest version of the Opera Mini is now available for download at Opera’s website and as well as the Android Market.

According to the company, Opera Mini 7 comes with OpenGLES hardware acceleration for fast web browsing and a much better panning on websites.

The new browser also has RTL text support in UI (Arabic and Hebrew), Beam support (NFC on Android 4.x) and an optional Exit button.

It also features a much improved Speed Dial buttons on the start page. Users only need to single tap tabs to close them.

Previous versions of the browser only allowed a maximum of nine Speed Dial buttons.

Opera Mini is using the main Opera web browser’s Turbo feature built to increase the speed of web browsing and cut download sizes by rerouting page queries through the company’s proxy server.

Google Chrome Beta, the Android’s only web browser for the Ice Cream Sandwich, is the main rival of the Opera Mini.

Opera Mini can run on Android’s 1.5 or above for installation.

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Dress up your new Google Chrome

Yep, if you’re the type who’d want to personalize stuff, you’ll love what Google did to the latest version of their browser.

The Google Chrome Beta browser has been released and is now available for download. This version comes with several new features and UI improvements, one of which is being able to customize its look.

The support for themes allows users to change the appearance of the browser through 29 different downloadable themes which you can find here. Now, users can change the look of the browser’s tabs, title bar, URL bar, bookmarks bar and the window frames.

Another noticeable change and improvement in this beta version is the new drag-and-drop feature of the thumbnails, allowing users to rearrange them according to their preferences. The thumbnails can also be “pinned” so that they will stay in place even if the site is not often visited.

There’s a change in the Omni box too. For those who are not familiar with the term, that’s Google’s search bar and address bar combined. When you type words there, small icons now appear to its right that indicate the type of the individual autocompletion results.

Another improvement on the Chrome is its JavaScript performance. Google built its own JavaScript virtual machine called V8 which according to them, is 30 percent faster than the latest official Chrome.

HTML5 features are now integrated in the browser too. Web worker threads and rending the <video> element is now supported, which makes video tagging possible.

Whew! Looks like the guys from Google have been working pretty hard in the past months. Well, we can expect more from these guys as they are still fighting their way up the browser ladder which is still dominated by Firefox.

The Google Chrome beta is available for download in Google’s Web site.

Soucrce: http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/08/googles-chrome-gets-skins-and-javascript-performance-boost.ars

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