Opera Software has just announced that its Opera Mini browser for the iPhone has survived the App Store Reviewing Process. Opera Mini for iPhone has been surprisingly approved. The entire tech world appears to be in shock right now. The application will become available for free in the next twenty-four hours on the iTunes App Store. A few preliminary reports state that users in the U.K., Belgium, and Australia are now able to download the application.
Norwegian-based Opera Software first announced its intentions of submitting Opera Mini for the iPhone back in February. The company officially submitted the application to be reviewed last month, on March 23. Many were doubtful that the application would actually make it through, but it did.
This will surely increase the Opera Mini market share. Just this morning, the company announced that over 50% of the more than 100 million users using its browsers were using Opera Mini.
Full press release after the break.
Opera Mini App approved for the App Store
Oslo, Norway – April 13, 2010
Opera today announced its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Opera Mini will be available as a free download within 24 hours, depending on market.
Opera Mini, with more than 50 million users worldwide, enables fast mobile Web browsing by compressing data by up to 90 percent before sending content to the device, resulting in significantly improved page loading. Users of the app will notice an uptake in speed, especially on slower networks such as the 2G Edge network. Surfing the Web with the Opera Mini App on iPhone and iPod touch will also help users save money because of its data compression capabilities. This will hold especially true while the user is incurring roaming charges.
“We are delighted to offer iPhone and iPod touch users a great browsing experience with the Opera Mini App,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “This app is another step toward Opera’s goal of bringing the Web to more people in more places.”
The Opera Mini App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
A demo video is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpTCS3g-cBY.
Screenshots are available at: www.opera.com/press/resources/.
About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross-platform Web browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com/.