Opera Mobile coming to Android, Opera 11 gets extensions a la Firefox

Opera Software announced at their press day in Oslo, Norway today that Opera Mobile for Android would become available in the Android Market.

Until now Opera Mobile has only been available to equipment manufacturers such as Toshiba, who included the browser in their Folio 100 tablet PC.

In a recent interview with Jon S. von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera Software, MyBroadband learned that Opera faced challenges in distributing their mobile browser on the Android platform.

In addition to being launched in the Android Market for all versions of Android, Opera says their mobile browser also includes two new features: hardware acceleration and pinch to zoom.

When asked about hardware acceleration on their desktop browser, von Tetzchner said that the feature is coming, but their policy on such thing is always “when it’s ready.”

Despite the fact that Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer all now sport a form of hardware acceleration, von Tetzchner they don’t want to launch a feature unless they’re absolutely certain that it’s ready.

It would seem that Opera Extensions is ready for prime-time, as Opera has confirmed that the upcoming Opera 11 alpha will allow extensions based on the W3C Widget specifications to be installed.

According to an Opera press release the Opera 11 alpha will be available “soon” from their website.

It also looks like the battle of the browsers on the Android platform is about to begin with the Opera promising that a beta of Opera Mobile for Android would become available from the Opera mobile site and the Android Market within the next month.

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