Great news for iPhone users and Opera fans. Opera just announced that the Opera Mini iPhone App has been approved by Apple and it will be available for download on the apple App Store for free
Opera Mini has millions of mobile users worldwide and the iPhone application will only increase Opera’s user base.
Many critics felt that Apple might reject the Opera Mini app as Apple might consider the software as a competitor for Apple’s own Safari browser. But when we spoke to Opera guys at MWC, they seemed be sure that Mini does not compete with Safari and that the app complies to all the rules of the iPhone SDK. But Opera Mini is 6 times faster than Safari due to the compression technology used.
Press Release from 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/.
And incase you want to read our impressions of the Opera Mini App