Go to a “Mini Opera” with Your IPhone

Speed Dial Feature

And I’m not talking about a shortened version of Wagner’s Parsifal, although that might be welcome by some!

In perhaps the most important news to ever come out of Oslo, Norway for Internet and iPhone junkies (this includes the release of the most recent Royksopp album and Obama accepting his Nobel prize), Opera ASA Software and Apple announced the release of the Opera Mini Browser App for iPhone.

Oh, just another app, you say? And I know, ¬†you’re tired of hearing abou them. Well, if the reports are true, this App may be worth reading on about. The Opera desktop browser has been around for about a decade and although its adoption in the U.S. is low compared to the biggies, it continues to innovate and proves to be one of the fastest web browsers around.

Adoption rate in Europe has increased and one of the reasons may be the fact that PC owners are now asked to choose a web browser upon getting a new PC set up for the first time. This is a result of a law passed in Europe after a Microsoft anti-trust case. I wish the same would happen here as the truth is that both Microsoft and Apple are not innovators when it comes to the web browsing experience. Those accolades go to Mozilla, Google, and Opera ASA Software. Their “speed dial” feature on the desktop browser is great. And it’s also part of Opera Mini. Plus, you can open up new pages in tabs!

Well as of April 13, you can speed up your browsing experience on the iPhone too. I haven’t tried it yet but will report back when I do but according to reports, Opera Mini for iPhone creates a fast mobile web browsing experience by compressing data up to 90% before sending content to the device. Here’s what Read Write Web had to say based upon Opera’s own beta tests:

A primary difference between Opera and Safari is the browser’s server-side rendering, which downloads a web page to a server and compresses it before sending it to the client, in this case your phone, for viewing. This method can reduce page load-times dramatically and could be even more important for mobile browsing than it is for web viewing at home.

Because of the way the Opera browser compresses data, it will save users who don’t have unlimited data plans money because of its faster speed. But it’s not only the users who save. I’m sure that Apple supported this largely because AT&T could have given them a little nudge to do so. If this browser does what it says and adoption rate is high, it could all save AT&T money because it will put less of a strain on its network, which is already overtaxed by iPhone data whores.

Opera ASA’s tagline is simple: Simply the Best Internet Experience on Any Device. They’ve already had success with their mobile browser apps for Symbian and Android. And I’m sure they’re hoping that people agree with that when using their iPhones. Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software had this to say:

We are delighted to offer iPhone and iPod touch users a great browsing experience with the Opera Mini App. This app is another step toward Opera’s goal of bringing the Web to more people in more places.

Well, if you have an iPhone, what are you waiting for?

The Opera Mini App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

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