Opera Mobile 10.1 beta pops up on Android

Opera Mobile 10.1 has landed in the Android Market and is available now as a free download.

Recently Opera Mini 5.1 was freed from its beta shackles, but the Mobile version (the difference being that in Opera Mini, the Opera Presto browser engine is located on a server and in Opera Mobile, it is installed on your phone) is still in its beta period.

However, the Oslo-based company behind the browser are promising that it brings a "better browser performance and an improved user experience".

"Android users now have a better choice when it comes to using a browser on their mobile devices," said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. "With Opera's new browser for Android, we give users the opportunity to access the Web, using the best tools available."

Those tools being: Faster page loading times than other browsers, fluid panning, scrolling and a smooth zooming experience, Speed Dial, Opera Turbo - which compresses data by up to 80 per cent, tab management, the Opera Presto rendering engine, Opera Link for bookmark syncing, Geolocation support and SVG support.

It's out now and it's free. Give it a try, you never know - you might like it.