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Opera Launches Web Browser for Android Smartphones

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Opera Software has announced a beta launch for its first Android web browser. The beta version is also the first iteration of the new generation of Opera browsers for smartphones, and the company said it will give developers and first movers in the mobile app world access to Opera's latest offering for Android users.

Opera for Android also integrates the compression technology from Opera Mini, for faster browsing when the mobile broadband signal is poor. Another related feature lets the user download a complete webpage and read it later while offline.

"There are countless hours that have gone into making this completely new, completely re-thought Opera for Android," says Opera Software EVP of product development Rikard Gillemyr. "I dare say that many smartphone users spend much more time using their web browser than any other app on their phones. That's why we have made our newest mobile phone browser more elegant and more beautiful than ever, while still packing so much functionality into it."

To try out the new browser, download the Opera browser for Android beta from Google Play. Opera supports Android devices with phone-sized screens from version 2.3 and up.

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