Opera Mini for iPhone/iPod Touch Announced
Great news for you Opera fans! Opera Mini will be making its way into iPhones and iPod Touches very soon. Apple has been very conservative when it comes to encouraging competition for its Safari browser. But finally, Opera has managed to port its mini browser onto the [very!] popular iPhone platform.
At the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2010 convention, Opera will let spectators preview the fabled Opera Mini. Opera Software announced earlier today that it will unveil the new Opera Mini for iPhone. To be honest, this was long due and a much deserved web browser option for the iPhone users. At MWC 2010, Opera will show off Opera Mini for iPhone along with a host of “other Opera-powered devices” at its exhibit. The press image to the right suggests that Opera Mini for iPhone will have speed dials just like Opera Mini for other mobile platforms.
They also tweeted this:
So it seems that Opera Mini for iPhone will be something very special indeed.
It would be interesting if Firefox also follows Opera’s footsteps. Sadly, during October/November 2009, Mozilla had clarified that they have no intentions of porting Firefox onto the iPhone platform, so it’s a distant dream (as of now). Google too can do damage here by launching Chrome’s mobile version for iPhone, but the fact is the Chromium community has just recently got its browser in working order for Mac OS X. So, we’ll have to wait till MWC 2010 to watch Opera Mini for iPhone running.
Opera Mini uses compression technology, which results in significantly faster Web-page loading and reduces data transfer. It speeds up the web experience by putting Opera’s own servers between you and the internet and sending special images of the webpages to your phone. This uses less bandwidth and requires no HTML rendering on the phone, making things a lot faster.
The Opera Mini for iPhone is not publicly available as yet and Opera hasn’t confirmed if it will be available on the Apple App Store or not.
Along with the Opera Mini iPhone version, Opera has also unveiled:
- Opera Mobile 10 beta 3 on Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile handsets
- Opera Mobile 10 beta running on Android handsets
- Opera Mini 5 beta, running on a variety of handsets and platforms
- Opera’s cross-platform Widgets Manager beta, running on Windows Mobile and S60 handsets
Good luck, Opera. We’ll love to see how well your speedy tabbed browser works on the iPhone, but my gut feeling says Apple will come up with some excuse not to allow it.
After seeing only one picture, I’m drawn in. I can’t wait to see what this really means.