Opera Mobile 10.1 browser became available today, with several familiar desktop features being ported to the mobile experience. You get speed dial shortcuts, visual tabs for easier navigation, a password manager and “turbo mode” for optimal mobile use.
The turbo mode is a particularly interesting feature, being a necessity for most mobile users. It compresses images and other graphical elements by up to 80 percent using Opera’s servers, minimizing your load time. Firefox, which released an update to its Android beta browser last week, included speed-boosting upgrades as well. The heightened mobile browser wars speak to the growing importance of online access, as it pertains to smartphones and tablets for the millions of devices sold.