Opera Mobile comes to Android

Opera has released its Mobile 10.1 beta for Android, adding pinch-to-zoom and support for location services.

The company claims it offers faster page loading than other browsers, along with fluid panning, scrolling and smooth zooming.

There’s a Speed Dial feature designed to give quick and easy access to the user’s favorite websites, along with a password manager. And Opera Turbo, which provides up to 80 percent data compression, is aimed at speeding things up for users on slow or congested networks.

While Android using Opera fans have been able to get a version of the browser, Opera Mini 5, for some months, this is a Java-based proxy service that does its stuff via the company’s servers, rather than as a standalone HTML browser like Mobile 10.1.

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

Other features include easier tab management with visual tabs, the Opera Presto rendering engine and the ability to sync bookmarks across devices with Opera Link.

It can be downloaded directly to the Android phone free from the Android Market or here. It’s available in 18 languages.