Opera Mobile 9.5 delayed

When we reviewed the HTC Touch Diamond, we noted that one of the most impressive features of the handset was its excellent web browser. The gesture support, text reformatting, and speed placed it on par with the likes of the iPhone’s Safari as one of the best mobile browsers experiences available to consumers. As it turns out, HTC is using a version of Opera’s Mobile 9.5 browser, software that was supposed to see a general public release by early July. Unfortunately, Opera has just announced that they have delayed the release of the browser until further notice July 17th. Apparently, the beta period revealed a number of bugs that have sent developers back to the drawing board. So sad. Check out the full statement from Opera below, and commence crying…now:

Some things in life don’t go according to plan — at least not in software development. We knew when we announced a release date before we finished development that a showstopper bug might be found that could alter the actual date we release the beta. 

As you can imagine, we encountered a few bugs last week that we needed to fix before we launch. Our engineering team worked through the weekend to fix the bugs. Even though our release is a beta, we’d rather spend the extra time to fix them, thus giving you a better experience. The fixes are almost complete now, but we need two more days to run the build through our quality assurance testing. The new launch date is now set for the 17th.

We’re disappointed to delay, but fixing these bugs will improve the experience with our beta and let you fully test the browser.

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