Opera Mini for iPhone Soon

Apple has enjoyed and continues to earn loads of praise for the iPhone which is considered one of the better mobile browsing devices today. However, Safari for iPhone will now face a challenge – Opera Mini. At the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2010 convention, Opera has announced that it will unveil new Opera Mini for iPhone.

Back in October 2008, the then Opera CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner told multiple sources in an interview that Opera on iPhone “would need Apple to change their policy of not allowing competing software applications on the iPhone.” But after that, third-party browsers did make a debut for Apple iPhone.

Technology expert John Gruber wrote on his blog Daring Fireball that Opera Mini didn’t show up since the code base was written in Java and iPhone doesn’t support Java in any form. Tested in the Java ME platform, running Opera Mini on iPhone would require a Java ME runtime environment on iPhone. But that violates the iPhone SDK Agreement guidelines which states:

3.3.2 – An Application may not itself install or launch other executable code by any means, including without limitation through the use of a plug-in architecture, calling other frameworks, other APIs or otherwise. No interpreted code may be downloaded and used in an Application except for code that is interpreted and run by Apple’s Published APIs and built-in interpreter(s).

At the upcoming MWC 2010, Opera will show off Opera Mini for iPhone along with the Opera mobile web browsers for other mobile platforms. Earlier, Opera never confirmed that it had a working version of Opera Mini for iPhone but now, it surely does. The press image of the Opera suggests that Opera Mini for iPhone will have speed dials just like Opera Mini for other mobile platforms.

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Jamie is a co-founder and senior editor at Technigrated, covering all facets of the tech industry. In addition to working at Technigrated, Jamie is a Founding Partner of NBR Design Studio, a graphic and web design and hosting firm headquartered in Bethany Beach, DE.

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