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Apple Approves Opera Mini For iPhone 284

andylim writes "Opera today announced its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini, has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Opera Mini will be available in less than 24 hours, market by market, as a free download. Here's the download URL for when it goes live."
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Apple Approves Opera Mini For iPhone

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  • Re:wtf (Score:3, Interesting)

    by rarel ( 697734 ) on Tuesday April 13, 2010 @09:06AM (#31830414) Homepage

    (though it does give iPhone a tabbed browser now)

    Gotta say, I love tabbed browsing as much as any bloke but in all honesty, The Touch (and iPhone) Safari's way to switch between pages is more than ok for a mobile device.

    Now don't get me wrong, I was waiting for this and I'll get Opera Mini as soon as I get home tonight to see how it goes :) it's just that tabs weren't really a priority for that class imho

  • Re:wtf (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymusing ( 1450747 ) on Tuesday April 13, 2010 @09:34AM (#31830748)

    No, the iPhone's Safari does not have tabs, not in the way desktop Safari does. It's closer to a "virtual desktop" metaphor: you click a button to view a scrollable thumbnail list of open pages.

    Personally I think this works better than tabs, given the limited screen size and the sensitivity of the touch.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 13, 2010 @09:50AM (#31830964)

    Except that's Apple's fault, not Adobe's.

    Basically, Apple doesn't provide the APIs required to allow Flash to take advantage of any hardware acceleration features. The Diablo III page embeds a small Flash movie to make the white things float around. Under Windows, that video is hardware accelerated. Since Apple forbids Adobe from doing that under Mac OS X, it's all decoded in software.

    That's why it's so slow under Mac OS X: Apple doesn't allow it to be faster than QuickTime.

  • Re:wtf (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Myopic ( 18616 ) on Tuesday April 13, 2010 @10:00AM (#31831076)

    I think that's "the same". I've seen how the iPhone does it, and it's functionally similar to tabs, thus can reasonably synecdochally be called "tabs". And I agree with you -- the tabs are implemented that way because it is "better" for the type of device.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 13, 2010 @10:01AM (#31831100)

    My father grew up experiencing the highly-controlled economy of the 1950s and 1960s Soviet Union. I just showed him this Slashdot submission, and he said the headline reminded him of those he would occasionally see in the local newspaper of the town he grew up in.

    Whenever the government allowed somebody to get a vehicle (apparently a big deal in small towns in those days), there would be headlines like, "<person's name> has been approved for a <vehicle's name>."

    The similarities shouldn't be surprising, I suppose. Apple basically does want to create a centrally-controlled economy around their platform, with them making all decisions for everyone using their platform.

  • by sznupi ( 719324 ) on Tuesday April 13, 2010 @10:05AM (#31831168) Homepage

    Though OTOH, when talking about "little ARM chip and a battery", there already is Flash player for that architecture which works surprisingly fine. Apple doesn't want to allow it.

  • by mjwx ( 966435 ) on Tuesday April 13, 2010 @09:45PM (#31841140)
    I use Android, Slashdot has been rendering properly for some time on the default browser. Dolphin browser is even better.

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