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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. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Its pretty sweet but iPhone3GS posted it already lol.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Oh I know. I just like posting actual ARTICLES rather than incomplete sentences. No offense, iPhone3G[S].
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Omg metallica fan. U didnt write in red haha. Only problem with it is autocorrection
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Oh ok. Good article. Hopefully it gets moved to front page unless one of the mmi writers repost it.

      Lol I couldnt write in red as im on my iphone using opera and the full mmi site doesnt work. Yeh having no auto correction does suck.
      4.0 may bring the ability to use it as default?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      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.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Press normal site then log in
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by battlecrushr View Post
      Press normal site then log in
      Just saw your post in the other thread, thanks for the head-up that's an odd workaround.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Thanks for the newspost, Happy Noodle Boy. (I think I'm up to 4 or 5 now =])

      And yeah, I did notice that. The browser is missing a lot of features, but it is pretty fast. I think it's great for casual browsing, but probably not for forums and junk. For now, it's staying in my Infinidock.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Ya took me some time to figure that out b4
    1. hevey's Avatar
      hevey -
      yeah it is avaliable here in AUS I got it about 2 hours ago.... it works really well
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      lol no one even noticed that there was a third party browser before this? BOLT?
      xD
    1. Schadde's Avatar
      Schadde -
      The app is available through the Canadian iTunes store. Got it downloaded.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by ikesmasher View Post
      lol no one even noticed that there was a third party browser before this? BOLT?
      xD
      Frankly I'm tired of seeing this. All those other "browsers" are skins for Safari. They still have the same core HTML renderer. Opera's web-rendering engine was written by Opera, not Apple. (Even Cydia uses Apple's web-rendering engine.)
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      In more important news, WARPGATE aka the best game ever just got released on the iPhone.

      I'm in the credits
    1. RKirk7741's Avatar
      RKirk7741 -
      Opera is on in the US..... I'm late to the party, aren't I?

      http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/opera...363729560?mt=8
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      lol ill look into HNB
    1. Ichwohneinloche's Avatar
      Ichwohneinloche -
      I dont care what anyone says. This just replaced safari mobile for me. Its 5x faster on Edge than Safari is plus it has quite a few features that safari doesnt. I can get past not having autocorrect with things like find in page and being able to save a webpage.
    1. Armored's Avatar
      Armored -
      available from idaho.
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      In more important news, WARPGATE aka the best game ever just got released on the iPhone.

      I'm in the credits
      is it free?

      --edit--

      nope, not free, can't possibly be the best game ever.

      Quote Originally Posted by Ichwohneinloche View Post
      I dont care what anyone says. This just replaced safari mobile for me. Its 5x faster on Edge than Safari is plus it has quite a few features that safari doesnt. I can get past not having autocorrect with things like find in page and being able to save a webpage.
      who uses edge?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      In more important news, WARPGATE aka the best game ever just got released on the iPhone.

      I'm in the credits
      Already got the iPad version.

      Quote Originally Posted by iPhone3G[S] View Post

      who uses edge?
      T-Mobile people.