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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...
04-12-2010, 09:03 PM #1
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.
04-12-2010, 09:08 PM #2
Its pretty sweet but iPhone3GS posted it already lol.
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04-12-2010, 09:12 PM #3
Oh I know. I just like posting actual ARTICLES rather than incomplete sentences. No offense, iPhone3G[S].
04-12-2010, 09:14 PM #4
Omg metallica fan. U didnt write in red haha. Only problem with it is autocorrection
04-12-2010, 09:32 PM #5
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?
04-12-2010, 09:48 PM #6
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.
04-12-2010, 09:49 PM #7
Press normal site then log in
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04-12-2010, 09:51 PM #9
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.
04-12-2010, 09:51 PM #10
Ya took me some time to figure that out b4
04-12-2010, 09:51 PM #11
yeah it is avaliable here in AUS I got it about 2 hours ago.... it works really well
04-12-2010, 09:52 PM #12
lol no one even noticed that there was a third party browser before this? BOLT?
04-12-2010, 09:52 PM #13
The app is available through the Canadian iTunes store. Got it downloaded.
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04-12-2010, 09:58 PM #16
Opera is on in the US..... I'm late to the party, aren't I?
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04-12-2010, 09:59 PM #17
lol ill look into HNB
04-12-2010, 10:02 PM #18
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.
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