Opera Mini Launching in App World this Quarter

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I was on the phone with Philip Gronvold, US Manager of Business Development at Opera Software recently, and he told me Opera Mini will be available in App World during this quarter. Apparently, the news is already public and was casually slipped into a press release somewhere, but I can’t find it from Google. Maybe an adept reader will find the news and comment a link.

This news is really interesting because it highlights one of the major advantages of going with BlackBerry versus Apple. RIM doesn’t fear competition, they embrace it. Apple would never let any third party application compete with a first party application such as a browser. It would be really incredible if RIM opened up more of their APIs to Opera, allowing them to integrate more into the BlackBerry platform.

  • http://caspan.com/ Caspan

    I am curious to know if Opera fixed the keyboard API. When I tested the beta they had out and I pressed and held a key to capitalize it it just repeated it. It was like they wrote their own keyboard handler instead of using the native API available to them. It was a bad idea because I removed it just for that simple fact. We all know how the BlackBerry works so don’t change it please :)

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    I am curious to know if Opera fixed the keyboard API. When I tested the beta they had out and I pressed and held a key to capitalize it it just repeated it. It was like they wrote their own keyboard handler instead of using the native API available to them. It was a bad idea because I removed it just for that simple fact. We all know how the BlackBerry works so don’t change it please :)

  • Mark

    So far as I can tell Opera Mini is a ton better than the installed browser. I’ve been using Mini 5 Beta on my 8330 that is running OS 5.0. I can say right now that with a keyboard blackberry it is a night and day difference between Opera and RIM’s browser. It has the RIM browser beat to hell and back in terms of speed and that is with my rather limited hardware. I look forward to the day when I can try it out when I upgrade to a 9700.

  • Mark

    So far as I can tell Opera Mini is a ton better than the installed browser. I’ve been using Mini 5 Beta on my 8330 that is running OS 5.0. I can say right now that with a keyboard blackberry it is a night and day difference between Opera and RIM’s browser. It has the RIM browser beat to hell and back in terms of speed and that is with my rather limited hardware. I look forward to the day when I can try it out when I upgrade to a 9700.

  • http://twitter.com/jdriel Jeffrey Riel

    While I agree with the sentiment you are attempting to express, I do want to point out one discrepancy: Apple DOES allow third-party apps into the App Store that compete with their first-party apps like their Safari browser. If you do a simple search for “browser” on the App Store, you’ll see that there are actually 15+ non-Apple web browsers that you can download – some paid and some free… However, none of them are from Opera.

  • http://twitter.com/jdriel Jeffrey Riel

    While I agree with the sentiment you are attempting to express, I do want to point out one discrepancy: Apple DOES allow third-party apps into the App Store that compete with their first-party apps like their Safari browser. If you do a simple search for “browser” on the App Store, you’ll see that there are actually 15+ non-Apple web browsers that you can download – some paid and some free… However, none of them are from Opera.

  • http://twitter.com/jdriel Jeffrey Riel

    While I agree with the sentiment you are attempting to express, I do want to point out one discrepancy: Apple DOES allow third-party apps into the App Store that compete with their first-party apps like their Safari browser. If you do a simple search for “browser” on the App Store, you’ll see that there are actually 15+ non-Apple web browsers that you can download – some paid and some free… However, none of them are from Opera.

  • Amy

    Hopefully it will mean that we can change the default browser to Opera when it is available in the app store. I have Opera installed and I’d much rather use it, but I can’t change the default browser.

  • Amy

    Hopefully it will mean that we can change the default browser to Opera when it is available in the app store. I have Opera installed and I’d much rather use it, but I can’t change the default browser.

  • Amy

    Hopefully it will mean that we can change the default browser to Opera when it is available in the app store. I have Opera installed and I’d much rather use it, but I can’t change the default browser.

  • keprek

    @Jeffrey Riel

    “If you do a simple search for “browser” on the App Store, you’ll see that there are actually 15+ non-Apple web browsers that you can download”

    Actually, they are not browsers. They are just alternative user interfaces for the existing browser (engine) on the phone.

    So no, there are no other browsers on the iPhone, just different UIs for Safari.

  • keprek

    @Jeffrey Riel

    “If you do a simple search for “browser” on the App Store, you’ll see that there are actually 15+ non-Apple web browsers that you can download”

    Actually, they are not browsers. They are just alternative user interfaces for the existing browser (engine) on the phone.

    So no, there are no other browsers on the iPhone, just different UIs for Safari.