Norwegian-based Opera, a browser synonymous on other platforms and desktops have announced that their OperaMini
has been approved by Apple for the Appstore, and will be available within 24-48 hours.
Their press statement in full:
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 atwww.itunes.com/appstore/.
This is fantastic news, as there would have been some concerns Apple would have rejected their submission on the grounds that they don’t want any rivalry to their Safari app on the iPhone, so this is a great leap by Apple to come to their senses and not deny users the best experience the market can offer (rather than just Apple’s).