Opera Mini now available on iPhone

When Opera announced that they submitted their Opera Mini browser to Apple’s Appstore, my first reaction is that it will be the next on Apple’s banned list. Afterall, the Opera Mini browser is duplicating the Safari browser’s functionality.
But surprise surprise! Apple actually approved the Opera Mini browser. Yeap, you can now download Opera Mini browser from the appstore for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. I certainly didn’t see this day coming.
According to some reports, the reason why Opera Mini was accepted is because of a loophole. Opera Mini doesn’t technically request and load Web pages through its native code. Instead, Opera Mini is a proxy Web browser because it sends Web page requests to Opera’s servers, which then compress the Web page before sending it back to the phone.

I downloaded the Opera Mini browser on my iPhone to try out. Pretty good although I still prefer Safari. Maybe that’s just me. The Opera Mini is supposed to load webpage faster than Safari although I don’t see any significant improvements. Give it a try if you have some free time. Who knows, you might like it. Well, at least now we got freedom to choose which web browser to us on iPhone.
Now, if the Opera Mini browser got approved, does that means there is a chance to see Google Latitude app. Hmmmm….. ok maybe not.

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