Opera Software, the company behind the popular Opera web browser for desktops, has officially filled an application with the iPod maker Apple Inc., in order to get approval for its Opera Mini browser for the iPhone.
However, industry watchers believe that the browser, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, stands no chance against the stringent Apple App Store approval process - which normally eliminates free competitors to Apple's existing applications.
Despite the odds of the not being selected, the company seems fairly confident of securing an approval from Apple as Opera Mini will not only provide better browsing speeds for iPhone users but it is already being used by 50 million smartphone users across the globe.
Commenting on the benefits offered by the new Opera Mini for iPhone, a company spokesperson said in a statement that “Those familiar with iPhone roaming charges will relish Opera Mini's ability to deliver more for less, giving users the Web they want quickly, without, the high costs.”
One of the things that makes Opera Mini superior than other mobile phone browser is the fact that the browser compresses web pages by more that 90 percent before beaming them on the page, thereby decreasing the per megabyte cost of browsing the internet, the company explained.
Opera's Mini web browser for the iPhone has already been proved to be almost six times faster than Apple's Safari browser and this is something Opera should be proud of. The web company has managed to fend off growing competition in the last few years with aplomb.