Opera Mini for iPhone Preview Coming

When the iPhone was debuted back in 2007, the world was blown away at the web capabilities of mobile Safari. In terms of third party browsers on the iPhone, we haven’t seen anything yet due to Apple’s strict quality controls. However, that trend could change if Opera Mini for the iPhone is allowed to pass.

Opera Mini for the iPhone Preview at 2010 Mobile World Congress

Opera Mini for the iPhone will be previewed at the 2010 Mobile World Congress. The app promises a fast, easy to use web surfing experience that Opera users will come to recognize. With its compression technology, web pages are slated to load faster and minimize data usage. Also features such as tabs, Speed Dial, and password manager are also included in this beta build.

“We are thrilled to offer journalists and partners an exclusive preview of Opera Mini for iPhone during the year’s biggest mobile event,” said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera Software. “This is a unique opportunity to introduce the fast, feature-rich Opera Mini experience for the iPhone, and to showcase our latest beta releases of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini on other platforms and devices. Opera’s mission is to bring the Web to the world, and by making Opera Mini available on yet another platform, we are one step closer.”

Realistically, the release of Opera will never come to the iPhone, as with other Safari competitors like Firefox. Apple won’t allow it, even though users may want an alternative. The real beneficiaries of Opera Mini’s new build will be Blackberry users since their devices are still struggling to load a proper web page (OH NO YOU DIDN’T–yes I did). If you want full screen browsers, take a look at Nightglow and Oceanus (tab support; was free)

Thanks to everyone who sent this in (J Holtslander)!

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  • Michael

    but does it support Flash?

  • deecee24

    Apple allows other browsers in the app store, I don't see why this one couldn't be.

  • Nope. No Flash as Apple needs to OK that first, but most likely they won't.

  • The difference is that those other browsers are created using WebKit, which is Apple's. 🙂

  • SteveHiggs

    I'm confused… the article reads “realistically, the release of Opera will never come to the iPhone…” since Apple won't allow it. I don't understand then why it is being developed. Did Opera make an agreement with Apple? Did Apple change some of it's rules? If not then why exactly is Opera putting the time and effort into developing for the iPhone platform?

  • Anybody can create an iPhone app using the SDK. But getting it approved by Apple is another story. Most likely, Opera is trying to get some press for their creation, and hope that pressure mounts on Apple to let it into the App Store.

    Too bad Jobs won't let this in! It's kinda like how the Google Voice app has been denied in the USA. It replicates the 'service' of a native app and will 'confuse' users! 😉

    It also gives Opera some “iPhone” press, which is not a bad thing.

  • Andrew

    Apple's “strict quality control” means we can keep using their shitty browser and not allow alternatives from better developers. Thanks Jobs!

  • I think this article is misleading – you state that 'in terms of third party browsers, we haven't seen anything yet'. This is patently untrue. Sure, the competing browsers in the App Store and Cydia use WebKit, but that doesn't prevent them being third party. Google Chrome uses WebKit – are you seriously suggesting that Chrome on Mac (and how about on Windows!) is an Apple browser? Please re-write your first paragraph to avoid confusing the world at large or, at the very least, reducing your own credibility as an iPhone go-to guy.

  • I think this article is misleading – you state that 'in terms of third party browsers, we haven't seen anything yet'. This is patently untrue. Sure, the competing browsers in the App Store and Cydia use WebKit, but that doesn't prevent them being third party. Google Chrome uses WebKit – are you seriously suggesting that Chrome on Mac (and how about on Windows!) is an Apple browser? Please re-write your first paragraph to avoid confusing the world at large or, at the very least, reducing your own credibility as an iPhone go-to guy.