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Found Footage: Opera Mini for the iPhone


At long last, Opera Mini for iPhone has been submitted to the App Store. It was almost 2 years ago that Opera Software CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner told the New York Times that Apple was not going to admit the browser to the App Store, a claim which was later refuted.

Last February, Opera Software officially announced that Opera Mini will be made available for the iPhone, and offered a sneak peek at Mobile World Congress 2010 (MWC) in Barcelona.

Today, a preview video has been released (above) that shows off some of Opera Mini's impressive features, namely tab management and speed. Opera Mini makes use of server-side rendering, significantly compressing data before it reaches the phone, resulting in speedy browsing and less data usage. At the end of the video, you'll see an impressive head-to-head speed test between Opera and Safari running on identical iPhones over EDGE.

I'm looking forward to giving this browser a try. The tab management looks well done. If you're also eager to use it, watch the official submission countdown (or count up, actually). While you're there, place your guess as to when it will be approved. Whoever comes the closest will win a new iPhone.

[Via First & 20]

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