Today Opera announced that it has developed a version of the Opera Mini web browser for the Google Android platform. This early preview version of Mini for Android can be downloaded from the Opera Labs website.
Opera is asking for feedback from the Android developer community so that it can prepare for making a true beta version of the application available.
Opera’s Chris Mills has posted additional information on the Opera Labs website, explaining why the company chose to develop for Android, as well as how they went about it technically. Due to resource limits, it seems that Opera chose to go with the Mini build of the browser and then developed a wrapper application for it that translates Java calls into Android API calls. Sounds pretty cool.
Regarding the release, Opera’s CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, said:
“Today we’re glad to deliver our mass-market mobile browser to the Android development groups. Opera Mini will be able to empower users of Android-based handsets with access to all of their favorite Web sites with popular features for smooth effects and scalable, tailored viewing.”