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  • Opera to Release iPhone Browser Next Week

    Opera Mobile is the world's most popular browser for smartphones, with over 25 percent share according to StatCounter, as compared to Safari for iPhone OS which has just over 22 percent. Opera Software is about to open a new line of attack on Safari to solidify its mobile browser supremacy by releasing an iPhone version of its Opera Mini browser, despite the fact that Apple does not allow any browser but Safari on the iPhone.

    Jon von Tetzchner, the co-founder of Opera, said that the company would demonstrate Opera Mini for iPhone to journalists and business partners, but did not indicate whether the app would be released to the App Store or offered for sale at all. It will be "a unique opportunity to introduce the fast, feature-rich Opera Mini experience for the iPhone," von Tetzchner said, "and to showcase our latest beta releases of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini on other platforms and devices."

    Opera Mini is the free version of the company's Opera Mobile browser. Both apps use a proxy server to compress and reformat web pages before they are transmitted to the phone. Opera said that its own tests indicate that Opera Mini is up to six times faster than Apple's Safari browser on the iPhone.

    Opera spokeswoman Julie Sajnani told ZDNet UK that the company has not yet submitted the browser to Apple's App Store, but said that she hopes "Apple will not deny their users a choice in web-browsing experience." Apple does have a pretty clear history of blocking any app it thinks duplicates the functionality of any native iPhone app. Paolo Pescatore, an analyst at CCS Insight, told Computerworld that in his estimation "it is highly unlikely that Opera Mini will be approved."
    Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

    the unveiling is scheduled to take place at an exclusive press and partner preview during the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Monday, February 15.

    image via GSMWorld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Opera to Release iPhone Browser Next Week started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. edge777's Avatar
      edge777 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ecd5000 View Post
      this would be nice anything faster than safari is good in my book. everyone whos talking about the idroid mini browser., wasnt it pulled shortly after? so chances of this are slim but theres always cydia ( hint hint ).and having a dev set a 3rd party browser up to open instead of safari would also be awesome hell id even pay to have that feature or a pop up tab to choose what browser you wanted to open whatever in! hope it can be done
      This would be great, but probably won't happen. iDroid, and all other browsers in the App store still use safari as a base (more or less they're just skins). iDroid did not get pulled (it's still there), but there was an article here on MMI which was confusing (I was mocked for confusing the two, but I was among many many others who thought the same).

      Opera would be great, or any other browser which will sync bookmarks.
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      rofl thats a lie, firefox is very bulky, opera is second fasted next to its leader google chrome, which im still waiting for the iphone... Google?
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      Yeah jailbreakers are gonna have this...suks for loyalists
    1. blind56's Avatar
      blind56 -
      Quote Originally Posted by voodoochild View Post
      Hopefully they will approve it idroid is ok but i would like something that combines both the droid and safari whit amazing lighting speed. Maybe even a little protection like Trend Micro.
      From the article pic, it sure looks like a blend of iDroid and Safari.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Paul, that headline is very misleading. Opera is going to show it off at MWC. They are not releasing it to the public and have not even submitted it to the App Store for review yet (if they will ever). It is Apple's decision to allow it into the App Store or not so stating it is releasing is false.
    1. henners123's Avatar
      henners123 -
      I cant wait for that
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I think Apple is gonna reject this from the store.
    1. CONVBMW's Avatar
      CONVBMW -
      Wouldn't surprise me if they didnt allow it. However, after the FCC breathing down their neck they might have loosened up a little.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      3% difference...ehhh
    1. ronblade's Avatar
      ronblade -
      It is good to see that most of the people really love to use opera. It is a rocking browser. The main function of this browser is it usually do not crash like other browsers. I think this is a big advantage.
    1. CONVBMW's Avatar
      CONVBMW -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      3% difference...ehhh
      LOL. Well said.

      Honestly, this is the single most reason why I have no issue holding my JB UL phone up in the air with pride.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by riku98523 View Post
      Opera is junk imo. Its slow and the only people who need it actually need the features in it which isn't the normal user. Mozilla get on it!
      OPERA is not junk. I used it succesfully on a Motorola V9 and V3XX. I liked it much better than the native browser that came with the phone. It was faster, could be configured easily, and was able to save bookmarks.

      So just because it doesn't fit your user prefs, don't pan it. Anybody can dis anything! Duh!
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by MrNoSox View Post
      If they reject these other browsers aren't they opening themselves up for some M$ style anti-trust suits? Apple's been heading this direction for a while now. Disappointing.
      No. iPhone OS is a closed platform, just like a video game console.
    1. h4mza's Avatar
      h4mza -
      I hope this is going to be faster than Safari and of course with flash content enabled.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      It won't have flash you ******.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      They release a video of it
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by battlecrushr View Post
      They release a video of it
    1. h4mza's Avatar
      h4mza -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      It won't have flash you ******.
      Woah, wtf man cool down fool