Opera at Up North Web conference announced that they'll release a beta version of Opera Mobile for Android phones within the next month. This was announced today at . Opera also announced at Up North Web that Opera Mini for iPhone will receive an updated version this year featuring both pinch to zoom and hardware acceleration.
This is without a doubt the next generation of mobile browsing.
As Opera's Aleksander Aas puts it, hardware acceleration in Opera Mobile "allows us to have a more fluid interaction with the phone." Opera Mobile will also feature pinch-to-zoom on Android, and perhaps most importantly the browser is going to run on all versions of Android -- not just 2.1+. That's excellent news, considering that about 30% of Android users are still running slightly behind.