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Opera Mini gaining popularity, partly due to iPhone

updated 09:55 pm EST, Thu January 10, 2008

Opera Mini, Opera 9.5

Opera CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner recently made available details about the upcoming Opera 9.5 web browser, and expressed optimism for the future of Opera Mini for mobile devices, partially due to the iPhone's popularity. While Opera only accounts for 2-percent of the US web browser marketshare, the company's popularity is on the rise thanks to the mobile version of its web browser, PC Magazine learned in an interview. Opera Mini has a user base of 30 million worldwide, and approximately 100,000 new downloads per day.

Von Tetzchner said "the iPhone was a great boost for us," citing that the high-end nature of the iPhone opens the door to other powerful devices that can run its browser. Opera Mini has Northern and Eastern Europe, as well as companies like Tata in India to thank for the largest portion of its success. "In Bangladesh more people are getting on the Internet with Opera mini than a PC," von Tetzchner said. "It feels good when you're helping people get online."

Opera 9.5 is designed to bridge the current 9.25 version to the future version 10.0 release. Opera claims that, in addition to offering CSS3 and enhanced CSS2 support, users will experience a speed increase over Internet Explorer by a factor of 10. The company is also optimizing the browser to run HTML 5 code, which will give users access to more advanced web forms.

A new beta of Opera is expected for release within two months, with the final version following in the summer.




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  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Palm

    This is the only decent option I have found for a Palm T|X and I assume the Treo line too. The browser that comes on palms is useless. Websites have become too complicated for the old Blazer browser.

    Opera mini isn't too bad, although, it will crash if you get too big or complicated a page. You also have to get a palm JVM first so the install isn't incredibly intuitive. Still, it's the only real option on Palm.

    Now, if someone ports a palm emulator over to the iPhone when the SDK is released, I'll move over there and use that until all my palm apps are ported or I can find alternatives.

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPhone helps how?

    I don't get how the iPhone helps them since you can't get it on the iPhone, and the iPhone isn't even really available in the markets they're doing well in. To me, he mentioned the iPhone so he'd increase the chances of his comments getting picked up and posted on the web -> free publicity.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iphone version?

    It would be nice if we could get an iPhone version of Opera, so we could have an alternative if Safari isn't working well for whatever reason...

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