Opera Mobile 10 Beta 3 Now Available

Today Opera Mobile 10 moves one step closer towards final with the release of Opera Mobile 10 Beta 3 for Windows Mobile. Beta 3 includes a few new features, and a lot of bug fixing and stabilization. You download it now at http://www.opera.com/mobile/download/ from your computer or simply hit upĀ  “m.opera.com” from your Windows Mobile phone. Readers have confirmed they can view YouTube videos, so what are you waiting for? The laundry list of improvements are available after the break.

New improvements include:

Windows Mobile Keypad Support:
Opera Mobile 10 Beta 3 now supports keypad devices running Windows Mobile 6 standard, and Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone devices.

Experimental Flashlite 3.1 (Windows Mobile):
This beta also brings experimental Flash support to Windows Mobile (touch devices only). However, Flash performance and usability depends greatly on how powerful your device is. On the 1Ghz HTC Touch HD2 the overall experience is quite good. On anything slower it varies from mediocre to poor.

For this reason we have disabled flash by default in the Opera Mobile settings. To enable flash goto Tools -> Settings -> Advanced and set plug-ins to “On”.

Note that Opera Mobile has Click-to-play functionality for plug-ins. So even when plug-ins are enabled you activate individual Flash content by clicking on it. This to minimize the use of bandwith and CPU on content you may not be interested in.

We also wanted to take the chance to thank the Opera Mobile community for all of the great feedback and bug reporting on the Beta 1 & Beta 2 releases. The feedback has been truly helpful and has made a direct impact for us reaching Beta 3 status. We look forward to your feedback on today’s beta.

The main improvements from the previous betas are:

Windows Mobile

– keypad/smartphone support
– Flash Lite 3.1 support (disabled by default)
– Complete bookmark sync in Opera Link
– BIDI support also for language extensions
– phone numbers in plain text are converted to links
– support for background sound
– general bug fixing (stability, UI)

Known issues include:

– Opera Link: Bookmarks saved in Beta 2 are lost when upgrading to Beta 3
– Hotmail does not work, please use the mobile version “www.hotmail.com/m”
– Dragonfly – need to do ‘connect’ two times in a row to get a connection working

Windows Mobile:
– Flash is only a preview/in alpha state, expect instabilities, performance degradation during use
– Flash is only supported on touch devices
– Need to double-click on Flash content to view it in full-screen, another double-click to return
– right-to-left support is not complete in the UI
– On certain WM5 Smartphone/WM6 Standard devices, the dictionary is not disabled in the password field
– Unable to type special characters on Moto Q9
– Certain HTC devices with TouchFLO will force Opera back to portrait mode if visiting home screen when Opera is in landscape
– Some input method editors are known not to work well with Opera because they do not comply with Microsoft’s SIP and/or IME standard. When such an editor is detected by Opera, Opera will use a known (default) input method instead. An exception is EzInput v1.5, where the phone keypad and compact QWERTY, ABC mode doesn’t work, but the rest of the modes work fine. We recommend upgrading to EzInput v2.0 to avoid this.”


Thanks Blackmeto in our Windows Phone forums

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