Opera Mobile 10 now on Nokia phone, tablets--sort of

What do you get when you take a bunch of mobile browser developers and give them free run of the lab? A build of Opera's Mobile 10 browser running on the Nokia N900 and N800/N810 Internet Tablet.

Opera Mobile 10 on Maemo (Credit: Opera)

What do you get when you take a bunch of mobile browser developers and give them free run of the lab? A preview build of Opera's Mobile 10 browser running on the Nokia N900 and N800/N810 Internet Tablet.

Opera Mobile 10 for Nokia's open-source Maemo platform sprang to life as a hobbyist's thrill in the Opera Labs and is now being released, along with a laundry list of caveats, for intrepid testers. Opera stresses that this is no official Opera build. As such, it hasn't been put through the QA paces, and is one experiment that could very well fizzle out before achieving a final release.

Inside, the features in Opera Mobile 10 on Maemo will mirror Opera Mobile 10 for Windows Mobile and Symbian phones, including tabbed browsing, Speed Dial, and syncing bookmarks and other browsing info with other Opera browsers you may use.

Though the overall effect may be less polished than Opera users are used to, this build does have one advantage. It uses the new Carakan JavaScript engine and new rendering library that handles stylized corners and shadow effects. There are drawbacks, too, like no support for Flash or other plug-ins. You'll find the full list of known issues here.

This isn't the first time that Maemo has attracted a browser-maker's attention. Mozilla also chose Nokia's operating system to incubate its mobile Firefox browser.

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