Mobile, mobile, mobile. Is there anything else? 2011 is most certainly shaping up to be a year where mobile is focused on intently, and it's not just from a hardware standpoint. It's also from a software standpoint. Particularly in the mobile browser world, there's an intense level of competition shaping up, and even names like Opera (which had largely faded in recent years) is making a comeback primarily based on their mobile endeavors.
This week, Opera is introducing Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11, two new mobile browsers that can be used on over 3000 devices. If you're wondering what the new builds offer, there's improved scrolling, panning and zooming; pinch-to-zoom; easy in-browser sharing with social networking sites; and a brand new interface. The Opera Mini browser uses Opera’s servers to shake, rattle and roll webpages down to a tenth of their original size before sending them to your phone. Because the data transferred is smaller, pages arrive faster than the speed of sound. On a pay-as-you-go plan, the Opera Mini browser dramatically cuts the price you pay, because the data you use is greatly reduced.
It's a pretty smart sounding browser, but it has a lot of competition considering that Firefox 4 for mobile is also breathing down its neck. The good news is that it's a free download, so you definitely won't be out anything for trying. The Opera Mini 6 browser works with J2ME, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian/S60 phones. while the Opera Mobile 11 browser works on the Android, Symbian, Windows 7 desktop (labs release), MeeGo (labs release) and Maemo (labs release) platforms.