Opera adding HTML5, Flash support to Android browser


Opera Software said it will add support for HTML5 video and Adobe Systems' Flash Player plug-in to its Opera Mobile 10.1 browser for Android smartphones. "Although Opera Mobile already has all the browser features, we want to improve your comfort when browsing the Internet," writes Opera software developer Pavel Studený on the firm's blog. "The new web technologies aim to replace it, but Flash will be around for some time. If you have Flash player installed on your phone, Opera will support it... Although it's possible to embed videos in Flash, you can have videos directly in HTML5, the same way as images. You can already see HTML5 videos on YouTube." Studený did not specify when the new features will go live.

The Opera Mobile 10.1 beta browser for Android surfaced on Android Market last month, promising enhanced mobile web performance and an improved user experience. According to Opera, the application touts faster page loading compared to rival browsers, as well as fluid panning, scrolling and zooming; features include Speed Dial, promising more efficient access to favorite websites, as well as a password manager to minimize typing. Opera Mobile 10.1 for Android also integrates Opera Turbo, which compresses data up to 80 percent, translating to more seamless browsing on slow or congested networks. Additional features: Visual tabs, the Opera Presto rendering engine, Opera Link bookmark sync, geolocation support and scalable vector graphics support. Opera Mobile 10.1 is available for Android users across 18 languages, among them English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese Simplified and Chinese Traditional.

For more:
- read this Opera Mobile Blog entry

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