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Opera for Windows Mobile passes Acid2 test; on pace to become first WM browser to pass test

April 23, 2007

Opera 9 for Windows Mobile now passes the Acid2 test in internal builds of the browser (see screenshot below). Opera Mobile is on pace to become the first Windows Mobile browser to pass the Acid2 test, unless Pocket IE or Access speed things up.

The Acid2 test has been written to help browser vendors make sure their products correctly support features that are part of web standards.

Safari and Konqueror were the first major browsers to pass the Acid2 test. Opera quickly followed with the release of Opera 9. Alpha builds of Firefox 3 also passed the test. Where’s Internet Explorer (IE) though?

The upcoming Opera Mobile edition will include the latest PC browsing features such as Widgets and Intelligent Zoom (made popular by the Wii Opera-powered browser).

Opera 9 on mobile phones will add completely new dimensions to navigation. You will be able to seamlessly alternate between viewing modes to get a birds-eye perspective or dive into the page’s content. Read more about it here.

Also making their debut with Opera Mobile are Opera Widgets. Opera Widgets are small web applications that run outside of the browser and are instantly accessible on the phone without having to launch the Web browser.

Opera Widgets are based on the same technologies used to create webpages – HTML, CSS, JavaScript (and AJAX) – so you could easily create a weather, traffic, news or email widget that gets its data by using AJAX, for example. No longer do you need to program your mobile applications in J2ME, etc – now, it’s as simple as developing webpage.

Opera Mobile is currently shipped on more than 50 million phones from major manufacturers such as Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

This browser is not only popular with phone manufacturers; users have also shown great interest by manually downloading it to their phones. Last month Opera announced that downloads of the Opera Mobile browser for Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PCs have increased by more than 50% over the same time period last year.

The most recent version of Opera for Windows Mobile is in public beta with 8.65. The browser is available for Smartphones and Pocket PCs: Windows Mobile (WM) 2003, WM 5, and WM 6.

(Download Opera for your Pocket PC or Smartphone)

Screenshot of an internal build of Opera 9 for
Windows Mobile passing the Acid 2 test

  1. April 23, 2007 at 2:14 pm


    It’s nice to see Opera making some history. I look forward to seeing this version of Opera on that Windows mobile device I hope to own in the future. 😉

  2. WildEnte
    April 23, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    I wonder what happens if pocket IE passes Acid2 but desktop IE doesn’t…

  3. April 23, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    Originally posted by WildEnte:

    I wonder what happens if pocket IE passes Acid2 but desktop IE doesn’t…

    Then web developers will have another version of IE with different oddities that they will have to account for when coding.

    I imagine that whatever rendering engines are designed for Microsoft’s mobile browsers will handle code similarly to IE7, so that web developers won’t have to completely redesign their sites for it.

  4. April 23, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    Someone should update the wikipedia pages. This is great news!

  5. April 24, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Is there some at least unspecific information about the time of a public release?

  6. April 24, 2007 at 7:38 am

    I still prefer the mobile browser of nokia. Maybe Opera 9 will also
    come for symbian and then change to my favorite browser.

  7. April 24, 2007 at 10:02 am

    ResearchWizard, I don’t have a specific time line. But I can say that Opera 9 for WM will first be available to handset manufacturers before it will be available for download on opera.com.

  8. April 24, 2007 at 10:03 am

    CableGuy, Opera already has a mobile browser for the symbian. More info.

  9. April 24, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    in opera we trust!

  10. April 24, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    SovGVD, I like your trust 🙂

    may the O be with you
    it’s too strong to tell the full name

  11. April 27, 2007 at 11:55 am


    any idea about the small artefact under big smiley ?

  12. April 27, 2007 at 11:58 am

    pierre, it’s probably the mouse pointer.

  13. April 28, 2007 at 4:11 am

    Windows Mobile support mouse pointer ?
    Perhaps on WM2005 but never see any “pointer” on Win Mobile 2003 :-/

  14. April 28, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Pierre, I haven’t seen the new browser yet, so don’t go out an quote me on the pointer thing.

    But is sure looks like one. 🙂

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