In an interesting move, Opera Software has announced that it will be demoing Opera Mini for iPhone at Mobile World Congress 2010.
Last year, Jon von Tetzchner (then CEO of Opera) had revealed that the development of Opera Mini for iPhone had been halted due to the App Store’s prohibitive license. So, what has changed? We don’t really know. In fact, Opera is yet to submit Opera Mini to the App Store for approval. The decision to demo Opera Mini for iPhone before even submitting it for approval could well be a ploy to mount pressure on Apple. Speaking to Reuters, Mr. Tetzchner said, We hope that Apple will not deny their users a choice in Web browsing experience.
Opera Mini is a powerful tabbed browser with unique features like visual speed dial, which provides quick access to your favorite websites. However, its main selling point is speed. Opera compresses pages before sending them to your device. This speeds up browsing and reduces bandwidth usage. In fact, Opera claims to be six times faster than iPhone’s Safari browser. Although, Opera Mini is the most popular mobile browser in the world, it will have its work cut out when it comes to winning over iPhone users. Opera Mini was originally targeted at feature phones and this still shows through in its inability to render AJAX driven websites.
Opera Software will also be exhibiting Opera Mobile 10 beta 3 for Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile, Opera Mobile 10 beta for Android and Opera’s cross-platform Widgets Manager beta. Mobile World Congress begins on February 15 and is already turning out to be an event to watch out for. Stay tuned to Techie Buzz for the latest MWC coverage.