The guys at Opera are smoking hot, as they seem bent on putting Opera Mobile on every mobile platform possible. Say hello to the first preview build of Opera Mobile 10 for Maemo mobile OS, specifically the Nokia N900 and N800/N810.
From Opera Labs:
Back in 2005, Nokia released the Nokia N770. The included web browser was developed by Opera Software. In 2008, Nokia chose to stop including Opera with Maemo, switching instead to a browser developed internally. Today’s preview build marks our unofficial return to the Maemo platform, after a little over 3 years of absence.
This Maemo version of Opera Mobile 10 was created as a hobby project by a small team of developers in their spare time. In total, about 6 man-weeks were spent on creating the release. It’s worth pointing out that this is not an officially-supported release. As such, it has not undergone our usual quality assurance processes, and at times may not feel as polished or complete as an official release. This also means that there may never be a “final” release of Opera Mobile 10 for Maemo devices, since it’s just that much more fun to add shiny new features rather than fixing boring old bugs.
The preview build contains the same features available in Opera Mobile 10 for Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones. These include fast and economical browsing with Opera Turbo, bookmark and Speed Dial sync with other Opera products, and of course multiple tabs.
Opera Mobile 10 on Maemo also supports portrait rendering, alongside the other standard Opera Mobile features.
Note also that there are some known issues with this preview version, so watch out for the following:
- Adobe Flash and other plugins are not supported.
- Screen tearing may be visible when panning, especially in portrait mode. We expect to fix this in a future update.
- The built-in on-screen keyboard is not supported. Use the physical keyboard or the on screen keyboard included with Opera Mobile.
- There is no power management support. In practice this means that if you open a page with animations and leave Opera running, you will soon be using a payphone. Power is drained even when Opera is running in the background and/or the screen is turned off.
- If you set Opera as the default browser, for example by installing the Browser Switchboard, an extra empty tab will get opened every time you open a link from an external application.
I personally do not see any browser replacing MicroB on my N900, but I’ll give Opera Mobile a spin just for the fun. However, N900 users who are looking for a way to save on bandwidth usage may be tempted to play with this one.
Props to Hussein for the tip-off!