In a world of hyper-realistic graphics, it seems hard to find anything unique. The gorgeous games sit at the top 25 list week after week, and the trend seems monotonous. Luckily Renegade Kid has sent a 8-bit hero…introducing Mutant Mudds ($0.99).
iPhone users wasted no time in downloading the new Opera Mini Web browser [App Store, Free], putting the app in the number one free download slot in 22 international app stores. The new browser is the first true third party web browser to appear on Apple's iPhone OS.
When Opera originally announced plans to release a version of their browser for the iPhone, many were skeptical that it would be allowed entry into the app store. In the past there have been numerous cases of Apple rejecting apps that "duplicated functionality" of their core apps, such as Mail or the Phone app. Opera Mini was most likely accepted because it is a different kind of web browser than Safari. One of the major differences between the two browsers is how they render and display web pages.
Despite my prediction that Apple won't let Opera's mobile browser into the app store, Opera announced today on their web site that the app has been approved and will be available for free tomorrow. Opera advertises that their browser is noticeably faster on slower networks, like the 2G Edge network, by changing how sites render in Opera Mini. But users could potentially be less satisfied by Opera's "mini-Internet" instead of the "real Internet," something Apple claims Mobile Safari provides.
Opera offers this link to download Opera Mini for iPhone, but as of this writing the link is not working.
Update: Opera Mini [App Store] is now available for free in the US App Store.
Opera announced today that they have submitted their mobile browser to the iTunes App Store, and that they fully expect to be approved. However, Apple has rejected apps in the past for duplicating the functionality of the built-in apps, such as Podcaster and MailWrangler, despite the concept of duplicate functionality not being in the SDK Agreement. The browsers that Apple has approved are built on the Safari developer kit engine, and simply provide add-ons to Mobile Safari, like private browsing.
Opera issued a surprising announcement that they would be previewing the Opera Mini browser for the iPhone and iPod touch at the Mobile World Congress taking place next week in Barcelona. The app has reportedly not been sent to Apple for approval, but we're guessing it's odds of being approved are slim to none given that it would compete directly with Apple's Safari application.