Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Opera for the Palm

Opera Software has developed a J2ME version of his well-known internet browser "Opera" which runs on Java-enabled mobile phones. It can display real HTML web pages and even images or forms. It is freeware, but it can only be downloaded in Norway because the download is provided by the TV channel "TV2".

But now, it is number 1 in the list "hot downloads" on with 1520 downloads! To be run on a palm, it needs "IBM WebSphere Environment" , a java runtime. It isn't as good as the smartphone version "Opera for Series 60", but many people say that it would be better than "Blazer". It even runs in hires+ mode (320x480) on Tungsten T3, T5 , ... -- Java runtime download -- software page on,18865.0.html -- discussion on, with instructions how to change the language -- discussion on (german). There you find a free download with out registration on -- news on -- discussion on

Now have fun with it, and give feedback!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

doesn't seem to work so well w/ the 5 way, skips many entries w/ a light tap.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

big sorry to all who are offended-but I beleive Java apps usually are slower/less featureful than regular ones as they run in a VM and not in the OS.
Best regards
Tam Hanna

12:09 PM  
Blogger Alexander Gratz said...

Yes, this isn't a real palm version, but there are not many good browsers. Some people say it would be good. But a "real" version "Opera for Palm OS" would be better and would support cards, small fonts etc.

3:12 PM  
Blogger gultig said...

I've only used it just a little bit, but this is just ridiculous. Think about it:

*It's mini java, not even normal java.
*It's running on a low power device.
*It has no customization for palm
*It possibly wasn't even envisioned that it would run on the palm

All that by itself is nothing, but coupled with this next fact is a bombshell.

*It runs circles around every web browser that was built for and runs on the palm!!!

I'm with Tam on the whole java apps suck compared with native apps. I mean it's really a well thought out tradeoff for portability that java has going in it's favor. But when I compare the performance of this agnostic emulated app to the customized for palm Blazer, I can't help but think that the latter's developers are right now hiding under a rock somewhere from shame.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

I definitely agree to Gutig. The current Web browser situation for the Palm is a catastrophe. PalmSource has solved the problem in OS 6-but apperently doesnt want the cash to be made with a backport.
Java is a super technology if you ask me-but of course, everything portable has a bad stand against native apps as they cant take advantage of the system. It is a matter of priorities:portability vs. features...
Best regards
Tam Hanna

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