Raise your hand if you didn't know that Opera is "maker of the world‚Äôs most popular mobile Web browser." Yeah, us neither. And that's despite the fact that they're not on iPhones.
Next week, the company unveils Opera Mini for iPhones at the 2010 Mobile World Congress. Brags Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner, ‚ÄúThis is a unique opportunity to introduce the fast, feature-rich Opera
Mini experience for the iPhone, and to showcase our latest beta
releases of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini on other platforms and devices.
Opera‚Äôs mission is to bring the Web to the world, and by making Opera
Mini available on yet another platform, we are one step closer.‚Äù
This is all assuming, of course, that the House of Jobs will actually let a Safari competitor get through the front door of the App Store. Which could be Opera's strategy all along: "Hey! We're here, we're faster, we work on your hardware — deal with it!"
iPhone browser not withstanding, the company will also be debuting betas of Opera Mobile 10 (for Symbian S60, WinMo, and Android phones), the multi-platform/handset Mini 5, and the cross-platform Widgets Manager.