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  • Opera Mini In the Hands of App Store Approval Process


    It appears that Opera have finally finished up their final touches on their long-awaited Internet browser for iPhone, as they have revealed that it has finally been submitted to the App Store. They even have posted a counter displaying EXACTLY how much time has passed since it was submitted for approval (Apple had better take heed of this unless they want some bad publicity for the App Store). Opera claims their browser to be up to six times faster than the built-in Safari.

    There have been other "alternative" browsers released on the iPhone; however, they are all based on "webkit," the web-rendering engine used by Safari. They aren't in themselves new browsers; the are only front-ends to Safari's solution to display the web. Of course, they may also get denied for "duplicating functionality," as many apps already have, including GV Mobile, which has since ended up on Cydia.

    Source: Opera Mini submitted to Apple's App Store
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Opera Mini In the Hands of App Store Approval Process started by n00neimp0rtant View original post
    Comments 106 Comments
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I knew it wasn't going to be good but my goodness I wasn't expecting it to be this bad.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Watcha talkin bout wallace. Haha.
      Its awesome
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by battlecrushr View Post
      Watcha talkin bout wallace. Haha.
      Its awesome
      Let's see. Only two zoom levels. Absolutely no javascript, broken css so half the pages load incorrectly. I mean, I was half-meaning the what I meant at the top of the page, but I think I might just skip this crap entirely and just deal with the extra second or two on Safari.

      EDIT: retracted
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Ya sometimes it doesnt comoletely load

      And the log in to mmi is every browser. What u need to do is press full browser at the button. Itll load but itll still be mobile. Then when u log in itll work
    1. xxfr0stbytexx's Avatar
      xxfr0stbytexx -
      This app is ah-mazing! Ill prolly use it more then safari..
    1. Nitsson's Avatar
      Nitsson -
      Great that it was approved, itís all about choice!

      As for the browser, letís see. On the plus side it's really really fast and it's an absolute godsend to have pages cached for instantaneous forward / back navigation. Thatís probably the one thing that gets me most about Safari, it's just too slow and navigation is a chore. The downside are the zoom levels which really haven't been thought through properly; the algorithm just isnít smart enough to properly zoom to the width of text like Safari. And why only two zoom levels? You can forget about any post-zoom adjustment and it almost feels like itís a port from a non-touchscreen version. In addition a few pages don't display as intended due to the strict, though arguably "compliant", CSS interpreter. And there's no JS which can be an issue if you want to use it for more than news etc.

      Still, thereís that sheer speed... it just goes hand in hand with an otherewise speedy 3GS. It's difficult to enjoy Safari now. Will have to try both browsers for a while, but I'll probably end up keeping it and hope they fix at least the zoom. JS will probably stay out due to Apple's SDK rules.