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When I reviewed Opera Mini 4.2 for Android, I was less than impressed - not because the browser didn't perform well or because I didn't like the interface. I enjoyed my time with Opera Mini. But I spent the entire relationship thinking about the browser's more powerful and robust big sister, Opera Mobile.

I am a fan of Opera on the desktop, and love what they're doing with server-side technology to minimize the volume of data transfer and speed up the experience for end users on mobile devices. I was just miffed to see the lite version of Opera running on what I consider to be a smart phone. It was an ouchy experience, Opera.

Thankfully, Opera Software's CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, recently told PCMag that they are indeed working on an Android version of the program. That means widgets, Opera community integration, and killer bookmark management - not to mention Opera's famous caching benefits [EDIT: and Flash!]. Unfortunately, Mr. Tetzchner didn't say when we can expect Opera Mobile in the Android Market.

Please, Opera. Don't rush, but hurry! Internet everywhere!

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