For those who need to browse the mobile Web this should be music to your ears. Next week at the CTIA Wireless 2009 conference Opera Software will officially unveil the Opera Mobile 9.7 server-accelerated browser for smartphones and other mobile devices.
This new version of the popular mobile browser will feature Opera Turbo, the company’s new compression technology, as well as the latest Presto 2.2 rendering engine (which is currently used on Opera 10 for the desktop). These features will allow for support for dynamic Web technologies including Ajax and Flash, which should help ease your social networking while on the go, but we’re sure these have biz uses as well.
Skyhook Brings Geolocation to the Web With Opera
It has been a busy week for Oslo-based Opera, which also announced a partnership with Skyhook Wireless, which will bring geolocation features to the Web. This will allow a user to share their location, and then get results that include services and even product offerings in the nearby area.
The Skyhook Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS) works with any computer or mobile phone with a wireless adapter and has the potential to make this service available to any Web site. So rather than providing a zip code on a company’s Web site to find a nearby location, you could use this geolocation feature and even find other local opportunities. This can come in especially handy when you’re in a different city, and might not even know your exact zip code or have quick access to points of reference.
“Location is always relevant when someone is browsing the Web,” said Tatsuki Tomita, SVP of consumer products at Opera Software. “By embedding Skyhook’s technology into Opera and making it available through the W3C Geolocation API, we ensure that every Opera user gets the same, high-quality, location-based experience out of the gate.”
Opera State of the Mobile Web
After a 70-year run with communism, the various parts that made up the former Soviet Union decided that it wasn’t working and went their own ways. And despite the current economic woes, this region has adapted to the Western model of capitalism reasonably well, and this includes an adoption of mobile devices.
According to the latest findings from Opera: Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are the top three countries for mobile Web use in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). But interestingly there is an Eastern spin on things. Yandex and Vkontakte have replaced Google and Facebook, respectively, as the top search engine and social network in Russia and the CIS.