Opera Mobile and Mini browsers updated to work with Symbian Belle; better Anna keyboard support

 Opera Mobile and Mini browsers updated to work with Symbian Belle; better Anna keyboard support photosOne of the most popular mobile browsers on the planet, Opera, has been updated to better support new versions of the Symbian OS. With versions of Symbian Belle leaked to the public, users were finding that Opera Mobile and Opera Mini would not launch. This issue has been fixed by Opera and you can now use Symbian Belle with a hacked Nokia N8 or the Nokia 700, 701, and 600.

Symbian Anna is the current firmware version for Symbian^3 devices such as the Nokia N8, E7, E6, and C7. Opera updated their browsers to work with the new keyboard introduced in Anna, including the split-screen feature allowing you to see the website above the keyboard.

According to WAP Review,

“Opera Software came up with a fix today with two new releases; Opera Mobile 11.1 Update 2 for S60 andOpera Mini 6.1 Update 2 for S60. The new versions fix the startup issue on Belle and also offer improved integration with the half-screen keyboard on phones running Symbian Anna. They can also be installed on devices running earlier Symbian versions.”

I’d like to mention something. I’ve been using the new browser in Symbian Belle on my Nokia N8 for about a month now and it’s spectacular. I haven’t had the urge to install Opera Mobile on my device, not one bit. But it’s nice to know that now I can if needed.

Download Opera Mobile or Opera Mini on your Symbian device

To get updated versions visit http://m.opera.com from your Symbian phone or http://www.opera.com/mobile/download/pc/ from PC.

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  • Anonymous

    I did not notice a big change in this update, but Opera never fails to impress. I am surprised you went with the Symbian default  browser versus Opera Mobile.

    To me, the Fast Dial panel and the way Opera handles open tabs are the biggest cons.

    Running Nokia X7 with Symbian Anna.

  • http://www.themobilefanatics.com Mike Macias

    I’m using the new browser in Symbian Belle, which I find on par with Opera Mobile. It’s a bit different than what you’d find in Anna. 

  • Anonymous

    From the comparison videos I’ve been between Anna and Belle, I did not spot major differences.

    Could you please detail your findings?

  • http://www.themobilefanatics.com Mike Macias

    It feels much faster overall. In Anna, is there a “Most Visited” start page similar to the start page tiles in Opera? I can’t remember but I’m using that in Belle and I love it. 

  • Anonymous

    No there isn’t a “Most Visited” start page in the Anna version. I am going to give the browser a shot though and compare it to Opera Mobiel which I have been using for a long time.

  • http://www.themobilefanatics.com Mike Macias

    Opera Mobile still wins in a few areas. The Symbian browser still does not re-wrap next when zooming in and out of a paragraph. Opera wins big in that department.

  • http://twitter.com/gosharpshooter Ntutu Letseka

    Also have not felt the need to use Opera Mobile. Did some test for sites I use often over Wifi, and threw in Engadget for fun and the Belle browser was consistently faster than Opera Mobile. I was comparing to the Galaxy Tab 7 as well and Belle was closer to the Tab than Opera Mobile. I like the most visited screen, and that the bookmarks are a tap away, negates the advantage of the speed dial. Though Opera Link though is what I miss about Opera. I’ve switched devices so often in the last month and having Opera Link to sync my bookmarks and speed dials was a godsend. Still bummed there’s no text reflow still in the Belle browser.

  • http://www.themobilefanatics.com Mike Macias

    Good analysis of the #Belle browser! It’s amazing how fast it is compared to Anna and Opera Mobile browsers. Opera Link is something I’ll miss as well. I wish there was a way Nokia can use Nokia Drop to sync bookmarks with Chrome or Firefox.

  • Anonymous

    That’ll be a good suggestion for the Beta Labs Team. I will inform them.

  • http://www.themobilefanatics.com Mike Macias

    Great! Let me know if you hear a response from them on that idea.

  • http://www.saholic.com/ Tarita k

    It has attractive icon design and font, a better web browser plus updates to other Nokia services, a portrait-style QWERTY keyboard, and split-screen text entry.

  • http://www.themobilefanatics.com Mike Macias

    Thanks Tarita K! I’m loving the Belle browser on my N8.