The iPhone finally has another web browser thanks to the chaps from Opera (iTunes Link – Free) . You may have used Opera Mini before on other mobile operating systems, such as Symbian, and I have to admit that I much prefered using it over the standard browser.
Opera made a bit of a whoha when they submitted the app to the app store about 3 weeks ago. They had a counter which showed how long it took Apple to approve the app, which they finally did this morning.
I downloaded the free app this morning and gave it a whirl, and was pleasantly surprised. It did take a while to load the first time I used it, but since then it seems to be working brilliantly. I am going to try to use it exclusively over the next couple of days and see how it pans out.
Here is the official press release from the guys at Opera:
Opera today announced its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Opera Mini will be available as a free download within 24 hours, depending on market.
Opera Mini, with more than 50 million users worldwide, enables fast mobile Web browsing by compressing data by up to 90 percent before sending content to the device, resulting in significantly improved page loading. Users of the app will notice an uptake in speed, especially on slower networks such as the 2G Edge network. Surfing the Web with the Opera Mini App on iPhone and iPod touch will also help users save money because of its data compression capabilities. This will hold especially true while the user is incurring roaming charges.
“We are delighted to offer iPhone and iPod touch users a great browsing experience with the Opera Mini App,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “This app is another step toward Opera’s goal of bringing the Web to more people in more places.”
The Opera Mini App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
If you have downloaded the new Opera Mini for iPhone, leave a comment below and let me know what you think ?