No Opera Mobile 9.5 for Symbian next week. Only WM users happy

We told you that the Opera Mobile 9.5 beta will be officially released next week.

Which is great news, but not actually as great as you might have thought earlier. Especially if you have Symbian based smartphone around.

Turns out that only Windows mobile version of Opera 9.5 Mobile browser beta will be released next week. While Symbian and any other mobile OS users are advised to stick with Opera  Mini, or the current browser they use.

According to official Opera Mobile blog:

We do not yet know when the Symbian version will be ready because development and quality assurance on mobile devices is time consuming. In the meantime Opera Mini is a great alternative for Symbian users. On July 15th, we’ll release that first beta for Windows Mobile.

It would be good to know the real reasons why Opera decided to go with Windows Mobile OS, which has a significantly lower market share and thus potential market then Symbian OS. My guess here would be about the touch interfaces.

While there are some interesting Symbian based touch screen phones out there, they are few and far between.

The touch UI developments on Windows Mobile, with Samsung Omnia, HTC Diamond, Asus Lamborghini and many other cool WM6 handsets hitting the shelves, just look far more exciting and numerous. For now.

And, as we already shown you back in February, Opera Mobile 9.5 is a very much touch optimized browser. So it’s only natural that they go where the best devices for their features are.

And, when Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola finally get around to producing some good full touchscreen UI Symbian based smartphones, we’ll also get the new Opera for them.

And for now, I leave you again with that Opera 9.5 Mobile demo we shot at GSM World Congress in February:

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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