Opera Has Not Given up on Symbian

Good old Symbian Series 60 is still around and going (fairly) strong, despite the dual Android/iPhone assault—and has today been brightened up no end by the arrival of a beta release of Opera Mobile 10.1.

If you're still a keen S60 user and haven't switched to Android in a big sulk over Nokia's ditching of Symbian for MeeGo as the OS of choice for its next-gen smartphones, Opera Mobile 10.1 beta offers geolocation support along with many of the popular UI features found in the desktop release—like Opera's Speed Dial quick launcher and its Opera Link bookmark syncing tool.

Opera says it welcomes feedback from users, if you want to feel like you're involved in it all. [Opera]

Opera releases first beta of Opera Mobile 10.1 for S60 phones, welcomes testing and feedback

July 15, 2010 - Oslo, Norway

Nokia smartphone owners rejoice! Opera today released the first beta of Opera Mobile 10.1 for Symbian Series 60 phones. Opera Mobile 10.1 beta features accelerated speed and geolocation capabilities. Download the beta directly to your mobile phone from m.opera.com/next.

The best features in Opera Mobile 10.1 beta all reside under the hood, with the powerful Presto rendering engine, Vega graphics library and Carakan JavaScript engine bringing the same engine power to mobile as on desktop.

Support for geolocation puts you and your mobile on the map, so that web services such as maps and travel applications can offer you tailored, relevant content. Your privacy is important, and you decide if and when Opera Mobile will share your location.

Beat the summer heat with these cool features:

Opera desktop features, like Speed Dial, Opera Link, password manager, make it easier for you to surf on the go, by reducing the time and effort it takes to get to a website.

Tabbed browsing, a virtual keyboard, kinetic scrolling and auto-rotation to landscape make browsing with Opera Mobile easier and a lot more fun.

When the network speed makes browsing tough, turn on Opera Turbo. Use our servers to compress webpages on the fly and more than double your browsing speed.

What we say

"Opera Mobile 10.1 beta is a new upgrade, including the latest rendering technologies to boost browsing performance on Symbian Series 60 phones," said Dag Olav Norem, Vice President, Mobile Products at Opera Software. "Millions of people already use Opera Mobile on their Nokia Series 60 phones and we hope many of them will help us test this new beta."

Availability

Opera Mobile 10.1 beta is available for smartphones based on Symbian/S60, 3rd and 5th editions. The beta is free to download directly to your mobile phone from m.opera.com/next. To find out more about Opera Mobile, go to http://www.opera.com/mobile/.