The first public beta version of Opera Mobile 9.5 is now available, Opera Software announced today. Additional betas will follow but there’s no timeframe disclosed for the production launch, the company said.
Mobile 9.5 includes a variety of new features borrowed from the desktop version and from Mini, which is Opera’s mobile proxy browser. Features include pan-and-zoom navigation, a modernized interface style, support for Opera’s Dragonfly debugging tool and the ability to save pages and images.
Future versions of the beta will include support for widgets, offline browsing support through Google Gears and a bookmarks synchronization tool called Opera Link. A software version for Symbian phones is also planned; currently Opera Mobile runs solely on Windows Mobile devices.
The browser also complies with more industry standards than the previous 8.65 version by using the desktop version’s rendering engine called Presto. Major standards in this version include CSS 3, XML/XSLT, HTML 5, SVG and WAIT-ARIA.