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Opera to unveil iPhone browser next week

By Jos
Feb 10, 2010
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  1. Opera may be an underdog when it comes to desktop browsers, and is currently losing out even to newcomer Google Chrome in terms of market share despite being around for much longer. But when it comes to mobile browsers its Mini software is one of the biggest names out there. Now the company is hoping to build on that success and make its way into one of the hottest selling smartphones.

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  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,053   +76

    Its much better browser IMHO than that crappy safari thing; I've used it on various (Symbian/WinMo) phones; and preferred it over the rest because of speed i'll admit; and despite lacking the flash support (till recent past).
     
  3. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 721   +30

    Will it be able to use Flash at all? And does anyone want to make a wager that this browser is not going to be accepted by Apple any time soon.
     
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,498   +306

    Haha! i bet a lot that apple won't approve! although some how I bet it will? the carriers will back it so that there networks have less strain on them.
     
  5. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Let's just hope Apple will allow this - I can imagine Opera's compression being very useful in mobile devices (not so much so on computers though... which may explain their low market share)
     
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,539   +319

    More often than not I've had awful experiences with Opera Mini on various platforms, though I have to assume they've made a better job on the iPhone if they want to compete with the built-in Safari. Good luck getting the app approved however, I seriously doubt Apple will open up unless there is tremendous pressure from customers (thank the Web if that was to ever happen).
     
  7. I can already imagine getting it from Cydia.

    No need for Apple approval!

    @slh28

    Opera is actually the innovator of a lot of options you see in, Chrome for example. Speed dial, tabs, cross-platform bookmark sync and a lot of other things were first made by Opera.

    Compression is just their latest new option.
     
  8. Flannelwarrior

    Flannelwarrior TS Rookie Posts: 149

    I'd like to see this for Android. The choice of browsers is very lacking at the moment. I'm still waiting on the edge of my seat for Firefox mobile.
     
  9. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 TS Rookie Posts: 141

    I would pay $20 for Flash on my iPhone. Imagine all the online games and videos!
     
  10. DJ83

    DJ83 TS Rookie Posts: 32

    I'd love to see a version of Opera for my BB Bold
     
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,551   +301

    Julio and Burty117 - I agree, don't think Apple will let them and my only experience with Opera Mini is on the Wii (maybe not even same version as on phones) and I'm not overly impressed. I am happy with it on a PC though (Opera full).

    yukka - I very much doubt Flash support will be included, Apple won't let Flash on its phone for a couple reasons IMO. 1 - Its slow, processor usage even on modern PCs can get really high with some flash things, the phone either can't handle it or it would rape the battery. 2 - Apple is afraid if Flash is allowed, then people will just play flash games online rather than buying iPhone games from the App Store.
     
     
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,053   +76

    That makes lot more sense to me, but just for that reason I would love to have it on iphone ;)
     
  13. what about the palm pre???
     
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