Since the announcement from Opera about submitting Opera Mini to the App Store made it to the front page, I can’t really relegate the application’s admittance into the App Store to the side column – I’m not particularly liked by the Apple fans as it is. So, here it goes, full frontal: Apple has accepted Opera Mini into the App Store.
Yeah, and that leaves me with this space to fill with some stuff about how good or bad the application is, but heck, I haven’t a single idea. I tried it out quickly, but since I don’t like the idea of my browsing bits going through Opera’s servers, I’m not keen on trying it out too much. I did notice that the OSNews’ mobile browser detection thingamabob redirects Opera Mini on the iPhone to our mobile site, which I think classifies as a bug. I’ll talk with Adam and Eugenia to see if there’s a way to fix that.
What else can I say? Ah, there we go, a quote from Opera’s CEO. “We are delighted to offer iPhone and iPod touch users a great browsing experience with the Opera Mini App,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software, “This app is another step toward Opera’s goal of bringing the Web to more people in more places.”
Ah, I’ve got something else to talk about. At the end of the OSNews article about the announcement I said that “if Apple wants to score some major points, it should approve Opera Mini by the end of the day (or at least really soon), but my guess is that won’t happen. I’m not sure whether Apple will approve the browser or not, but if it does, it’s going to take a while”.
It’s taken 20 days, but I’m not sure if that qualifies as “a while” since I’m not familiar with how long it usually takes. Heck, who cares – download the thing and see if it’s your cup of unicorn. I’m sticking to Mobile Safari, in any case.