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MWC: Opera launches Mini mobile web browser for iPad

Opera Mini app shown at MWC; App Store approval pending

Updated 16 February 2011

Opera is demonstrating an Apple iPad version of its Opera Mini web browser at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Opera Mobile claims to be the fastest smartphone web browser and recently announced it has 100 million users

Opera works differently to most web browsers, using a central proxy server. You connect to a central Opera server that caches web pages and delivers them to the app. By caching information and optimising it the Opera web browser can deliver web pages more quickly.

However, it also initially contravened Apple's ban on non Webkit browsers and also there were concerns that it could run external code, also contravening Apple's app store agreement.

Opera expects to launch Opera Mini for the iPad as soon as it has been through the Apple App Store approval process. 

Note: this story has been updated after Opera contacted to state they have yet to submit the app to Apple. 

See also: Opera to unveil browser for tablets at CES


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