Opera Software announces iPhone browser

Feb 10, 2010

(AP) -- Opera Software ASA announced Wednesday that it will unveil an iPhone version of its Opera Mini mobile phone browser at an international tech conference next week despite not having approached iPhone maker Apple about the move.

The Norwegian firm has not set a release date for its iPhone browser and has not yet sought approval to distribute the browser from Apple's iPhone applications store, Opera spokeswoman Katrin Jaakson said.

But Jaakson said Opera "does not see any reason why it wouldn't be accepted. We obviously hope that Apple will not deny their users a choice when it comes to what browser they use."

The iPhone's default browser is the Apple-developed Safari.

Following the announcement, Opera shares rose 2.5 percent, to 20.40 kroner ($3.46), in midday trading in Oslo.

Currently, Opera offers its Mini browser for free. The browser has become known for its ability to compress full Web sites for mobile use, allowing quicker Internet access than regular browser and lower user costs because it requires less bandwidth.

"Opera's mission is to bring the Web to the world, and by making Opera Mini available on yet another platform, we are one step closer," Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner said.

Opera will present its browser at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, which will run from Feb. 15-18.

In the late 90s and early 2000s, the Opera desktop browser was a strong alternative to Corp.'s and Inc.'s . But its popularity has diminished with the rise of Netscape's successor, Mozilla's Firefox.

Based in Oslo, Opera employs 760 people in 10 countries.

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Yelmurc
not rated yet Feb 10, 2010
I'd be shocked if Apple approved this app. I'm almost positive they will cite that it reproduces functionality on the phone. Be we can hope for more competition.
Noumenon
1 / 5 (3) Feb 10, 2010
I'm almost positive they will cite that it reproduces functionality on the phone. Be we can hope for more competition.


There are already many 3rd party apps available that reproduce or improve upon the Apple default apps, including many web browsers. Still, Opera may know the reason they need to pressure Apple before seeking approval.
Noumenon
1 / 5 (3) Feb 10, 2010
O.K., as I understand from another article the existing 3rd party iPhone browsers use the same webkit as mobile Safari, yet Opera may use it's own rendering engine and server-side compression, which may be the reason in anticipating approval problems from Apple.
plasticpower
not rated yet Feb 11, 2010
This doesn't really raise any red flags. It doesn't do voip or anything that would take away from AT&T's or Apple's profits. So I don't see why Apple would reject it.
Husky
not rated yet Feb 11, 2010
but does it raise green, as green in money flags? At the end of the day its not technical issue but fear of losing proprietary agitprop channels that gets apps blocked on the iphone.