Opera just announced the next version of its mobile browser for Android and Symbian, as well as a developer version of its more stripped-down Opera Mini browser. While the update doesn't feature any major changes in the user interface, the Opera team has made numerous changes underneath the surface. Most importantly, Opera added support for its advanced HTML5 parser Ragnarok, which should make running web apps on your mobile phone quite a bit faster. This will also allow developers to create more sophisticated web applications that can run in your phone's browser.
Another feature that should speed up the browsing experience is Opera's newly announced support for using your phone's or tablet's graphics hardware to accelerate 3D content in your browser.
In addition, Opera added support for using an Android device's camera in the browser, as well as support for web standards like CSS3 and CORS.
Even if you don't own an Android or Symbian phone, you will soon be able to use Opera's web-based and desktop emulators to try it out yourself. If you have Opera 12 installed on your phone or tablet, also have a look at the company's demo site.
Opera Mini: Version 7 for iOS and a New Developer Version
As for Opera Mini, Opera today launched the final version of Opera Mini 7 for iOS, as well as a developer version – Opera calls these 'Opera Next.' The Next version is Opera's way of beta testing new features before they are officially released. So if you want to get an early look at some of the browser's features (this version brings smoother scrolling and a new bookmarking interface, for example, give Opera Mini Next a try. It's available for feature phones using Java, as well as Android, Blackberry and S60 phones.
The new Opera Mini Next is an improved experience. It is noticeably smoother, and whilst not necessarily quicker within the internet itself, it's a lot faster between it's components i.e switching tabs, between home and speed dials etc. Overall a much crisper responsiveness - something that becomes evident within the first few minutes of use. And you can chose to turn the homescreen off. Excellent Opera Mobile 12 has become a larger beast, meatier all all round, and it feels it. You need 512 RAM minimum to get anything out of it, but when it delivers the experience is quick and silky-smooth. You sit cushioned from the complex processes it's activating and just recieve full, beautifully rendered pages, very quickly. On Symbian, the upgrade in touch and responsiveness is astonishing. Both Opera mobile and mini leave you feeling powerful, fresh and un-limited. Oh, and the new ability to resume browsing if you're logged off without finishing, is long overdue. Delicious.