Opera to Unveil Tablet-Optimized Web Browser at CES
In an effort to take advantage of the current tablet craze, Norwegian developer Opera Software (News - Alert) has announced its plans to introduce a browser designed specifically for handheld computing devices. The maker of some of today's most popular mobile browsers will preview Opera for tablets at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, which officially kicks off on Thursday.
By launching its new offering, Opera will join Safari and Skyfire (News - Alert) as one of the three leading developers of tablet-optimized Web browsers. The company, which built its reputation on redefining Internet-browsing for mobile devices through its Opera Mini and Opera Mobile platforms, leaked a short YouTube video to give prospective users a window into what they can expect from the tablet browser.
At first glance, Opera's new product looks fairly well designed. When running on an Android (News - Alert) tablet, the browser offers very smooth panning and zooming capabilities as well as a home screen that provides users with Opera's hallmark Speed Dial functionality, which displays recently visited sites and other features. The browser also does a nice job of presenting websites that are meant to be viewed on larger displays, according to PC World.
“In 2011, tablets are a new must-have," Christen Krogh, chief development officer of Opera Software, noted in a release. “Opera for tablets brings the same trusted Internet experience to tablets and netbook PCs as users have come to love on their mobile phones and desktops.”
Come Thursday, Opera officials should provide us with a few more key details, including which devices and operating systems the browser will be paired with and when it will become available for download. Given the fact that the browser was previewed on the Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy Tab, Opera's new platform may be specially designed for tablets running the new Android OS, known as Honeycomb.
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Edited by Tammy Wolf