When it comes to alternatives to Google’s WebKit browser, Android users are spoilt for choice. Free apps like Dolphin HD, Skyfire and Mozilla Firefox are all worthy of becoming your default web browser. You can also definitely add Opera to that list, especially now the company has announced its new Mini 6 and Mobile 11 browsers for Android might be available to download next week.
Right now details on these browser’s new features are non-existent – we should know more when Opera spills the beans at the CTIA show in Orlando next week – but there are rumblings that it will be test driving a tablet optimised browser in Florida. Whether that includes Android 3.0 Honeycomb slates is anyone’s guess.
If you’re a tad confused about the difference between Opera Mini and Opera Mobile then let Life of Android help you out. Both use Opera’s Presto browser engine and deliver similar features, interface design and experience. However, on Opera Mobile Presto is installed on the phone while it sucks web pages directly from the web server and renders them like a desktop browser.
The Presto engine on Opera Mini is harboured on a separate server, ready to download pages from the internet and work its compression magic to pipe through more streamlined web pages to your handset. Because they’ve been crunched and stripped of any unnecessary fat, web pages are delivered faster, but not always as a perfect desktop simulation. Mini is designed to work on any type and flavour of phone.
Via The Inquirer