- Opera Mini for the iPhone
Opera announced that they ported their Opera Mini browser to the iPhone and will be submitting it to the App Store. It isn’t the first third-party browser for the iPhone but all others were based on the standard Webkit component that is available in the SDK. Opera Mini is unique in this regard because it doesn’t use Webkit, but has its own renderer.
It uses Opera’s servers to render the HTML pages and sends the result in a proprietary compressed binary format to the relatively light-weight client. This is exactly why Opera Mini works so well on all of those older mobile phones which don’t really have the speed to power a full brown renderer like their Opera Mobile product. Is it enough to bypass the SDK rules? Maybe, I’m quite curious how Apple is going to handle this.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010