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Opera to show Mini browser for iPhone

Norwegian browser company Opera Software has announced plans to show off a version of its Mini browser for the iPhone and iPod touch next week at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, according to a Reuters report. The company claims the browser will offer download speeds up to six times faster than the built-in MobileSafari browser, and could cut data traffic by up to 90 percent. Opera also said it saw no reason why its browser should be rejected by Apple. “We have not submitted it yet to the Apple App Store. However, we hope that Apple will not deny their users a choice in Web browsing experience,” said Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera. Apple in January began allowing some third-party browsers into the App Store, but those that have been approved thus far use WebKit, the same built-in browser engine that powers Safari, and not a third-party solution.

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1

I’d like to see some browser competition but this duplicates a standard app so Apple will probably reject it.

Posted by Ryan on February 10, 2010 at 11:19 AM (CST)

2

I’d like to see some competition too but Apple will reject it.  Opera should really complain to the Feds about this monopoly Apple has created.

c’mon Apple.  Stop being Microsoft.

Posted by TheTruth on February 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM (CST)

3

It is sort of ironic. Apple IS being Microsoft in a way, but they can get away with it as long as their numbers remain where they’re at, 25% of the U.S. smartphone market and less than 17% of the world smartphone market puts them safely in the “eccentric” niche in terms of their closed software choice model. So, while I hate their closed practice, it’s wrong to call them a monopoly - if you want a portable Opera or Chrome or IE browsing experience, there’s plenty of other choices.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on February 10, 2010 at 2:38 PM (CST)

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I would download Opera Mini if it were available for the iPhone and related devices. Since I got my first WI-FI device in 2007 (which was the Palm TX) I’ve used Opera Mini because I’ve never liked the built-in browsers provided (such as Blazer on the Palm TX and the Browser on the Blackberry Pearl). While Apple, to their credit, has made Safari a decent mobile browser, it would be good to see what Opera (and others) could bring to the iPhone. As others have said, I know Apple will reject it with some BS excuse. Maybe they are truly scared of the competition?

Posted by hoshieBIOTpod in Havelock, NC USA on February 11, 2010 at 3:58 AM (CST)

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