Opera redefined the internet browsing experience on mobile phones with their advanced technology. Opera Mini uses Opera’s compression technology to increase the page loading speed and reducing data transfer.
Today Opera published a press release where they announced that Opera Mini for iPhone has been submitted to the App Store. They have also posted a new video on YouTube which compares the performance of Safari and Opera Mini on iPhone. Opera Mini appears to be extremely fast and responsive with multiple pages loading at the same time.
Apple has often rejected iPhone apps which seem to ‘copy’ the functionality of native apps. When Apple rejected Google Voice app it invited regulation and the FCC requested information regarding Apple’s App Store and its application approval process.
When Apple filed their response with the FCC, they denied rejecting Google Voice app for iPhone and instead said that it continues to study it. Further in their response Apple stated:
it appears to alter the iPhone’s distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone’s core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface for telephone calls, text messaging and voicemail.
After reading the above statement it is hard to believe that we’ll see Opera Mini on iPhone. However, Gizmodo reported that the company doesn’t see why it would be rejected as it does not execute any code and complies with the SDK guidelines.
Opera Mini submitted to Apple’s App Store
Oslo, Norway – March 23, 2010
Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today. A select few first saw it at Mobile World Congress 2010 in February. Now, the “fast like a rocket” browser is taking its first big step towards giving users a new way to browse on the iPhone.
Early reviews of Opera Mini for iPhone praised the sheer browsing speed, powering through Web pages up to six times faster than Safari. Due to server-side rendering, Opera Mini compresses data by up to 90 percent before sending it to the phone, resulting in rapid page loading and more Web per MB for the end user. Those familiar with iPhone roaming charges will relish Opera Mini’s ability to deliver more for less, giving users the Web they want quickly, without, the high costs.
“The Opera Mini for iPhone sneak peek during MWC told us that we have something special,” said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera Software. “Opera has put every effort into creating a customized, stylized, feature-rich and highly responsive browser that masterfully combines iPhone capabilities with Opera’s renowned Web experience, and the result is a high performing browser for the iPhone.”
Opera Mini is the world’s most popular mobile Web browser, famed for bringing the Web to nearly any mobile phone. Its speed, usability and navigation-friendly design have catapulted this browser onto more than 50 million mobile phones worldwide. Creating a version for iPhone is part of Opera’s mission to bring the Web to all platforms and all devices.