Opera has released a beta version of Opera Mobile 9.5 to the public. The new browser - initially for Windows Mobile phones only - offers users a facelift, defaulting to a 'page overview' mode in which users see the entire web page. Like Opera Mini, Opera Mobile 9.5 allows users to pan and zoom to focus on specific page content.

"Our fans have been eager for the release of Opera Mobile 9.5 since it first appeared at the Mobile World Congress this year," said Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner. "We are now answering the call of the people and delivering what we proudly proclaim to be our best Opera Mobile browser to date. It is a totally new user experience."

Opera Mobile was first launched in 2000, and Opera claims it has been downloaded over 100 million times since 2004.

The company offers earlier versions of Opera Mobile for Symbian phones - Series 60 and UIQ - as well as for Windows Mobile, and it plans to provide a Linux version too. However, it said the Symbian and Linux ports of Opera Mobile 9.5 are still some months away.

To download the new browser, and to find further details of Opera Mobile 9.5, which uses the same rendering engine as Opera's eponymous desktop browser, go to this page on the company's website.