March 23rd, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Opera submits browser for iPhone approval

Web browser company Opera has submitted an app for the iPhone that it promises will make surfing on the device faster - if Apple allows it.

The Norwegian company said Tuesday morning that it has handed over its Mini smartphone browser for consideration by Apple's App Store.

The announcement came after a months-long promotional campaign and will test Apple, whose Safari software is the iPhone's default browser.  Apple has had a widely acknowledged practice of denying apps that compete with features already on the phone.

Opera demonstrated the iPhone app - which it claims will be up to six times faster than Safari in loading some Web pages - at the Mobile World  Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in February and at the South by Southwest Interactive festival this month in Austin, Texas.

"The Opera Mini for iPhone sneak peek during MWC told us that we have something special," said John von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera Software, in a written statement. "Opera has put every effort into creating a customized, stylized, feature-rich and highly responsive browser that masterfully combines iPhone  capabilities with Opera's renowned Web experience, and the result is a  high-performing browser for the iPhone."

Apple, located in Cupertino, California, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment early Tuesday morning.

In the smartphone market, Opera currently is available on BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm and Android platforms.

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