Opera software have released beta of their much awaited iPhone safari “killer” web browser Opera mobile 9.5. The beta is named “9.51b1? and is available on opera mobile website as a download. The browser though in beta is far better than the aging internet explorer web browser. The beta currently available only for touch based devices has been tested on all HTC make pocket PCs, though it is said to work on others too. Some features are currently disabled and would be released in next version of the beta. Also the beta is available only in English language.
According to opera software, known issues are:
- ActiveX is disabled – Flash plug-ins and embedded video streaming do not work.
- Custom IME’s (like HTC’s IME) will be buggy at best, not working at worst.
- Not multilingual build – Only English is supported. Problems with other languages (and input methods) are not unexpected.
- Installation on memory cards may cause problems.
- Text wraps in overview mode.
- Main testing has been done on English HTC devices (Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, Touch, Touch Dual, Touch Cruise, TyTN and Wizard) and Samsung i900.
- We have got reports from some users that this build will disable the phones sounds/notifications.