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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. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      looks like its available in the US store. just downloaded
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      I have mixed feelings on this...I love the speed, the ui is great - full screen the way it handles tabs etc. Like that you can save pages and search in the page. This will probably replace safari for me but I dislike that there are no "next, last or go" buttons while filling out forms....the lack of JS + CSS sucks and for some when i flip pages it doesnt rescale correctly, it would also be nice if they took advantage of apples autocorrection api....just my 2 cents
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      So opera got #1 on free apps on the appstore now, I installed the app and gave it a try, but everytime I open it all it does is show the wheel spin on the top left next the Opera Mini title. Is it broken or something? Becausei ts not working for me.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      works for me.....
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      ^^ yeah i agree. i like it but there's a few snags like you just mentioned. i went to bestbuy.com (full site) [of which normally takes forever to download the full site in safari, only took seconds in opera] however the downside is that it didnt scale correctly. the whole left side of the page was cutoff and unaccesible. scrolling and going into landscape or reloading the page wouldnt change this fact. the search function only worked in mobile page view. little things can be the most frustrating. it doesnt matter how fast something is if it cant handle those small hooks and extentions
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      There are somethings that had to be left out of it so it would be approved. Now i hope they slowly sneak this features in updates.
    1. redwolf's Avatar
      redwolf -
      Quote Originally Posted by ultimatexpka View Post
      So opera got #1 on free apps on the appstore now, I installed the app and gave it a try, but everytime I open it all it does is show the wheel spin on the top left next the Opera Mini title. Is it broken or something? Becausei ts not working for me.
      you on EDGE/3G/WiFi?

      check setting in Opera Advance > Protocol... i had to switch to HTTP as it wasn't working on 3G signal (T-Mobile UK)
    1. Ichwohneinloche's Avatar
      Ichwohneinloche -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhone3G[S] View Post
      who uses edge?
      Those of us who live where AT&T's massive network doesnt have 3G coverage, thats who. Funny how AT&T is the fastest and **** but doesn't have 3G everywhere. Guess who has 3G here though? Yep, thats right Verizon. Rather have slower 3G than none at all.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Opera is really fast (im using it right now) but it kinda dissapointed me just like the desktop browser. Images and other elements on some web pages dont look as nice as they do in safari. As for videos, opera wony even play them in its own browser instead i get a little button that says open at it open up safari to play them. What? Maybr theyll fix this or maybe not but ill keep just to open up articles or big sites. Hopefully it gets improved and also no autocorrection! I had to backspace like 50 times while writing this lol. Still a great alternative browser maybe ill check out BOLT or whatever they were talkin about a few comments above me lol.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      for those having problems with the white screen in landscape, open up operas toolbar and go to settings and enable fullscreen. works fine for me now, awesomely fast browser, hopefully soon theres a tweak in cydia that u can set this as default.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      Opera is really fast (im using it right now) but it kinda dissapointed me just like the desktop browser. Images and other elements on some web pages dont look as nice as they do in safari. As for videos, opera wony even play them in its own browser instead i get a little button that says open at it open up safari to play them. What? Maybr theyll fix this or maybe not but ill keep just to open up articles or big sites. Hopefully it gets improved and also no autocorrection! I had to backspace like 50 times while writing this lol. Still a great alternative browser maybe ill check out BOLT or whatever they were talkin about a few comments above me lol.
      the reason for the open video in safari is probably to keep strain off of their severs. if everyone was streaming video then it would start running slower than safari
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      anybody else having issues editing the Icon.png for Opera? ive tried making a separate OperaMini.app with the new icon installed. as well as inserting an OperaMini.png into my custom Icons folder. ive even gone as far as inserting the .png into the OperaMini.app itself. resprung/cleared icon caches/rebooted. no luck. anybody else try yet?

      never mind it did work. for some reason my transparencies came out semi-transparent black
    1. cypherpunk's Avatar
      cypherpunk -
      Has potential, but it won't be replacing Safari for me anytime soon. It just feel generally far too clunky by comparison, even when just scrolling through a page.

      Maybe if I cared about using my phone over EDGE I might feel differently about it.
    1. stfudvs's Avatar
      stfudvs -
      per usual, the mods that will come from the jailbreak scene will make opera a better browser

      hey then maybe apple will implament those ideas for 5.0
    1. chemalito's Avatar
      chemalito -
      Downloaded it and is fast, but cant log in to modmyi.com, Gmail sucks, and as you said, some iPhone versions of websites are not working on it, but hey, is just day 1, the speed is just too good to be deleted for those bugs
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      too log in to mmi press normal site at the button itll refresh but itll still be iphone site.
      then u can sign in
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      JB Wish List: Opera as the default browser...
    1. iGarza's Avatar
      iGarza -
      its fast but not sold on it. Waiting FireFox
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      this is ridiculous. it loads ever single web page FASTER THAN MY MACBOOK.

      but the no pinch-to-zoom sucks
    1. KidKush's Avatar
      KidKush -
      Seriously I might consider downloading it if the name didn't contain opera... Who really wants to support her??