Opera Mini, Opera's free browser designed for Java-enabled phones was released today. It aims to replace the often less than perfect default browser that comes with mobiles, by using rendering techniques which optimise the viewing of ordinary webpages on a very small screen.
I downloaded it and installed it on my reasonable Sony Ericsson K700i. It worked fine, except when I tried to visit the new Google Mobile personalised homepage and Gmail. At that point, I was hardly delighted to get an 'xml parsing error' or something sounding equally irritating. This problem, despite the fact that Opera has just done a deal with Google to put a Google search box on the browser homepage. You would have thought the two could talk to each other to make sure that one's service was compatible with the other's browser. The end result of this problem is that I will now probably not be using Opera Mini.
So the whole thing is a bit pointless really. Still, if you don't use those Google services, it's probably worth a go.