Announced on the Maemo Talk forums here, fans of Opera’s web browser can grab an updated version for Maemo from the extras-testing (or extras-devel for N8x0 users) repository as of today.
Here’s a copy and paste of the changes detailed in the forum post:
- Geolocation support.
- Fix garbage display after rotation due to incorrect stride.
- Fix monospaced font in UI elements.
- Fix display of Asian fonts in UI elements.
- More efficient socket handling, decreases CPU usage slightly.
- Reduced tearing while panning.
- Fix proxy server mixup.
- Fix crash when reading proxy settings.
- Upgraded Opera Core, including many bugfixes
- Many bugfixes to the UI
And the currently known issues:
- Due to timing issues with different geolocation information providers (WiFi, cell towers, GPS) first request may have poor precision.
- Fast scrolling not optimized for page rendering.
- Adobe Flash and other plugins are not supported.
- Screen tearing may be visible when panning, especially in portrait mode.
- The built-in on-screen keyboard is not supported. Use the physical keyboard or the on screen keyboard included with Opera Mobile.
The improved CPU handling is definitely a move in the right direction, though I’ve not tried it myself yet. I don’t think it’s going to replace the built-in MicroB for me yet, but it’s well on the way. I’m particularly impressed, however, at Opera’s support for a platform where Nokia abandoned them a few years ago (for better or worse).