Linked by David Adams on Wed 29th Oct 2008 20:55 UTC, submitted by Geir Johasen
Opera Software An interesting NYT Bits blog entry covers Opera's mobile browser. Buried in the middle of the article is this quote: "Opera's engineers have developed a version of Opera Mini that can run on an Apple iPhone, but Apple won't let the company release it because it competes with Apple's own Safari browser." It also talks about Opera on the Wii and browsers in cars. A good read. My Take: But back to the iPhone. As tempted as I am to just shrug it off, since Apple is free to run its App Store any way it pleases, as an enthusiastic iPhone user, I think Apple is shooting itself in the foot here, as it is with all the "competitive" apps being rejected. Apple does stand to lose some Google revenue by letting people use other browsers, but they have much more to gain by unleashing the creativity of the developer community and giving them the freedom to improve or replace core iPhone functionality. Hopefully competition from Android forces them to wake up.
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Going to get an iPhone before Christmas.
by NathanHill on Thu 30th Oct 2008 13:05 UTC
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And I am glad that Opera won't be available - it's an okay browser, but Safari is clearly better. Opera really misses the mark as far as having that solid, sexy Apple feel. That's why everytime I've used it on my Mac, it just doesn't "feel" right. I wouldn't want it on my iPod touch right now. What feature would it bring?

I think you are open source guys really come off sounding sort of the opposite of your ideals - forcing every device and company to open up is not freedom. I think technological progress has come from a mix and match of open and closed strategies by companies - Android is open, the iPhone is closed. Both should move cellphone technology forward.

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