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Opera Mini Approved For App Store: Browsing Alternative Hits iPhone And iPod Touch

Opera Mini Approved For App Store: Browsing Alternative Hits iPhone And iPod Touch

Whoa, can it be true? Apparently it is. Of course, we're talking about Opera Mini becoming publicly available on the App Store, marking a huge, huge change in the way Apple handles certain software titles.

In the past, Apple has been very quick to strike down any app submission that does "similar things" to apps that come pre-loaded on the iPhone, with a few exceptions. The Weather Channel and WeatherBug both have weather apps approved even though a Weather app arrives on the iPhone and iPod touch, but other than that, most everything else has seen a rejection. Developers have seen e-mail apps rejected due to being too similar to Apple's own Mail app, despite the fact that many users are longing for a more robust alternative.

One thing that Apple has remained consistent about what that Mobile Safari was to be the one and only Web browser in the App Store. There wasn't really any wiggle room. When Opera announced a few months ago that they were submitting a version of their highly popular (and quite robust) Opera Mini browser to the App Store, most just laughed. No way Apple would approve it, most thought.



But today, the company has reached the finish line, and victory is in hand. Beginning in the next 24 hours (depending on market), Opera Mini will show up for free in the App Store, bringing a real browsing alternative to iPod touch and iPhone users. It sounds almost too good to be true, but it certainly is true. We're eager to give it a chance and see what it can do that Mobile Safari cannot. Will Flash videos even attempt to load? Will pages load faster? Will text render more clearly? Keep an eye on the App Store and be sure to give it a shot when it becomes available for download. At the very least, it's fantastic to see Apple allowing open competition in the App Store, even when these apps compete directly with Apple.


Opera Mini App approved for the App Store

Oslo, Norway - April 13, 2010 - Opera today announced its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Opera Mini will be available as a free download within 24 hours, depending on market.

Opera Mini, with more than 50 million users worldwide, enables fast mobile Web browsing by compressing data by up to 90 percent before sending content to the device, resulting in significantly improved page loading. Users of the app will notice an uptake in speed, especially on slower networks such as the 2G Edge network. Surfing the Web with the Opera Mini App on iPhone and iPod touch will also help users save money because of its data compression capabilities. This will hold especially true while the user is incurring roaming charges.

"We are delighted to offer iPhone and iPod touch users a great browsing experience with the Opera Mini App," said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “This app is another step toward Opera's goal of bringing the Web to more people in more places."

The Opera Mini App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
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Apple Zombies rejoice :P

Hopefully we will have to see Apple open up to more apps like this if they want to compete with the coming onslaught of the IPhone and Ipad imitators!

I know Apple has always prided themselves on being both a hardware and software developer. But I dont feel that they can realistically do that for very long. When people buy a new system the novelty only lasts for so long. Then they would like a little more expandability to go along with it.

I think this is also why we are seeing Apple delv into more of the 3D DCC development side of things. They are probably getting jealous of all the CGI on the other platforms and are looking to expand into that market. That is why a G4/5is good for DCC if you have windows or linux running on it. But not when it only has Apple OS's :P

They might take a cue from the Droid systems, and start giving their software an open end to adapt to other programs.

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Ok, so I have seen performance benchmarks of different browsers and their effects on battery life on things like notebooks and more recently netbooks. I wonder if different browsers can make a difference in battery life for the iPhone. If you guys do a review on this, could you include this? Thank you!!!

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I know I am shocked as I never thought the mighty Apple would allow this, especially when I read the mobile Opera outperformed Safari in load times and responsiveness. Well it is a pleasant surprise that Apple is allowing this to occur. Kudos to Apple for not letting pride stand in the way of progress and user experience.

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That's good, now if only they can approve an iPhone version of Flash. Then that will make my day.

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Yeah it's nice to see Apple allowing another browser on their iPod/iPhone.  For anyone that has a privacy concern, it does go through Opera's servers first to render everything and then goes to your phone.  Although I wonder why it is the Opera Mini and not Opera Mobile.  Certainly, the iPod/iPhone would have enough processing power to render a webpage... unless they couldn't access certain APIs but I doubt it...

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Yes, it's nice to see that it only took an FCC investigation into Apple's app store for them to decide that they better stop blocking specific companies from competing with them.

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I'm guessing that the only reason this made it on to the iPhone is there would be a huge lawsuit otherwise. We all know how well that went for Microsoft in the EU...

That, and running through Opera's servers first makes me wonder what kind of performance hit there would be if everyone suddenly jumped onto using it.

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:P and all you thought it won't get accepted... Well i thought it wouldn't too :D

time to download qnd get browsing! :D

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Eh, it is only Opera Mini. Not really worth it since it is not a full featured browswer. Works great for quicking checking a page, but if you ened a full web browser this is not for you. Apple most likely let it through because it is not a threat.

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I just downloaded it and used t... It needs some work... The way it acts to zoom is not as good as the safari (they only have a zoom all the way in and all the way out... 2 zooms) and the scrolling up and down is a bit speedy. Maybe i just need to get use to it. I'll stick to safari for now :)

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Inspector:

I just downloaded it and used t... It needs some work... The way it acts to zoom is not as good as the safari (they only have a zoom all the way in and all the way out... 2 zooms) and the scrolling up and down is a bit speedy. Maybe i just need to get use to it. I'll stick to safari for now :)

I agree. I tried it on my iPod Touch and while browsing seemed a bit faster than in mobile Safari the way it manages tabs is a little convoluted and wastes screen real estate. I like the way mobile Safari does that better too.

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