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  • Opera Mini Approved for App Store; Already Available in Some Countries


    Many of us never thought we'd see the day when a third-party web browser would hit the App Store, especially considering Apple's previous app rejections due to "duplicating functionality" already on the phone. However, Apple finally approved the app today, and it already seems to be hitting UK App Stores and should be in the US store in a matter of hours.

    The Opera Mini browser for iPhone has been anticipated for quite a while now, and for good reason: in terms of speed, Opera is the clear-cut winner. When you request a site with Opera on your phone, Opera's very own servers get the request to go to the site, download it, compress it, then send it to your iPhone, both lessening the bandwidth used as well as making the loading of the site much (up to 5x!) quicker. However, the browser does not ship with some well-known Apple-established flourishes, like pinch-to-zoom, and it also appears that Opera hand-coded their very own UI view, as there is no rubberbanding, and the scroll bar on the side acts a little differently. Also, you may notice iPhone-formatted (mobile) sites rendering slightly differently than they should, but considering it is only day 1, some of these things are bound to be worked out.

    Maybe someday we'll see a MobileSubstrate extension to set Opera as the default web browser!

    UPDATE: It's in the US store now, go grab it.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Opera Mini Approved for App Store; Already Available in Some Countries started by n00neimp0rtant View original post
    Comments 107 Comments
    1. nitestarzz's Avatar
      nitestarzz -
      I think u can just use the desktop version of opera and import ur safari bookmark into opera and use opera link in both the desktop and opera mini to sync the bookmark

      I dunno whether it works but it should conceptually
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nitestarzz View Post
      I think u can just use the desktop version of opera and import ur safari bookmark into opera and use opera link in both the desktop and opera mini to sync the bookmark

      I dunno whether it works but it should conceptually
      Ah, gotcha. I wasn't sure what that Opera Link thing was. Haven't used Opera in years...

      Thanks!
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      You can enable fullscreen mode from the settings. I dont like that auto correct doesn't work with it though.
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      I like it. It needs a few updates to add features. I'm keeping it. Safari on wifi and Opera on Edge. Hopefully AT&T gets 3G in my area this year
    1. oneduality's Avatar
      oneduality -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Moved.

      As for the browser: broken css, no javascript at all, only two zoom levels.

      I'm surprised they get away calling this "thing" a browser. It's fast because it doesn't do much, but I guess what it does it does well.

      Blame that on Apple... developers aren't allowed to execute client side script..

      I think for what it does, it's great.. I enjoy being able to be away from wifi and to browse sites really fast... it's not perfect for every situation, but it's nice to have an alternative!

      if all I want to do is do some casual browsing with speed then I'll use Opera. If I need extended functionality I'll load up Safari .... besides... it's FREE so I can't complain.
    1. alirz's Avatar
      alirz -
      well this is what i've noticed. One type a web address and press go, or if i click on a link.. the browser just sits there not doing anything for like 5-7 sec and then boom loads the page..
      so instead of gradually loading the page it kindda tends to show the page suddenly..

      happening to anyone else? seems like an illusion of fast loading
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      yeah. it's because it uses a server to render/compress the pages. I wonder if it still works with the server down.......
    1. leo94's Avatar
      leo94 -
      Is it safe to put passwords and logins???i mean if pages go to operas server than they access passwords,right??so is it safe to use facebook or email on opera mini??
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      i would say yes. don't do banking though.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      man this dont look good on the ipad,they need to make a version just for the ipad.
    1. leo94's Avatar
      leo94 -
      Ok thx)) gonna check Opera Link :P
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      they need to make scrolling smoother. also need levels of zoom and better java.
    1. Ticko's Avatar
      Ticko -
      can someone please make a ispazio dockflow like icon for opera its a neccesity for me
    1. godsrainbow1984's Avatar
      godsrainbow1984 -
      awesome I have been waiting for this..
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Wow, it already has 3,745 ratings on the App Store! A lot of people have been waiting for this.
    1. screamforme02's Avatar
      screamforme02 -
      Safari with the DNS tweak is just as good... Downloaded anyways
    1. samber's Avatar
      samber -
      For me its not working . Just get a blank screen, top left it says "Opera Mini: and left of it is the loading sign. Thats it.
      Any help...
    1. SchmilK's Avatar
      SchmilK -
      Wow it compresses the crap out of all web images!!

      Sure it loads fast, but there are artifacts left over everywhere.
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      I like it but I wish they made it easier to change the homescreen for people with bigger fingers.
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Looks good. Not as smooth as safari, like the pinch to zoom is rubbish and the pages aren't as clear, but hopefully an update will resolve it