Opera Mini faster than Mobile Safari, submitted to Apple for Approval

Opera baby!

Opera have announced earlier today that their popular mobile browser, Opera Mini, has been submitted to Apple’s App Store for approval. Already used in over 50 million mobile phones around the world, Opera are hoping that their speedy and reliable browser will find a home on your iDevice. It appears that Opera Mini is significantly faster than Mobile Safari, which can only help save you time and money (less data usage). From Opera’s press release:

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.

Whether it actually gets the thumbs up from Apple is entirely another matter. We’ve seen Apple rejecting apps on the basis that they duplicate the core functionality of the iPhone. That said though, there are already plenty of 3rd party browsers available at the App Store. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what Apple elect to do. Hopefully, we’ll all be able to test drive this sweet browser in the coming days. An excellent speed comparison video between Opera and Safari on the iPhone after the break.

Full Press Release

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.

[Opera via Engadget]
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nitz1583/ Nitish

    Fantastic, at least Opera comes to iTouch devices apart from the in-built Safari.

    However i really wanted Mozilla to launch FireFox for iTouch devices first (to include flash).

  • Nine

    It’s worth noting that Opera is giving away a iPhone to the one with the closest guess to when the App will be approved.

    http://my.opera.com/community/countup/

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nitz1583/ Nitish

    OMG, thats absurd.

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