There’s significant news from two web browsers that have jumped from the desktop to the palmtop.
Both Opera Mobile and Firefox Mobile have been updated. However, it’s important to note that both updates are to pre-release candidates. So while they are being publicly released, their developers are doing to get more people looking for bugs, which both applications most certainly have.
Opera Mobile 9.5
Opera Software has released a second beta of Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile, plus it has also released a first beta of this browser for Symbian UIQ.
Both version include new feature: Opera Widgets. These allow user-selected Web content to be accessed from a list of icons on the home-screen.
Several Widgets are now pre-installed in the Opera Mobile 9.5 beta. More are available at widgets.opera.com.
This company has also improved the tools developers need to create widgets.
“In addition to Opera Widgets, this new test version promises to be a smoother ride than the previous version, as we have improved page loading times and increased our focus on end-user productivity,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software.
Despite the enhancements in this update, there are also some notably missing features, like support for Flash and streaming video.
The latest beta version of this web browser can be download now, free of charge, from opera.com.
Firefox Mobile alpha 1
The long-awaited mobile version of Firefox is here… sort of. The version available now isn’t even a beta, it’s still an alpha.
It’s being publicly released this early to get wider community feedback on the developers’ approach to the user experience. The creators would also like to get feedback from Web developers.
The only mobile platform the first alpha version is presently available for are Nokia Internet Tablets. However, there re also versions for several desktop operating systems to allow those who don’t have a Nokia Internet Tablet the ability to experiment and build add-ons.
Firefox Mobile alpha 1 can be installed from the Mozilla Foundation’s website: