Opera 11 beta was released this week, this may not seem like much to some because their market share has been crippled in recent months by the growth of Chrome and the resurgence of IE with IE9.
But to those in the web design community, we still look toward Opera for innovation. They come up with a lot of these ideas first only to be duplicated by competitors and ultimately improved upon.
Seriously, how long had Opera displayed ‘speed dial’ as a home screen before Apple came along and produced their own version. Obviously Apple made this sexier with a curved effect and reflections but Opera were there first.
Hell froze over this week when Opera mini was officially launched in Apple’s App store.What? Apple are conceding to competition on their own device? The launch of Opera Mini has been a long time coming, but what started off as a rumour finally became a reality but how and why have Apple allowed this to happen?Opera are, arguably, the kings of standard based browsers. They have a cult following in the community and will continue to flourish due to their rigourous approach to accessibility and web standards.
But, they suffer from the competition of rival browsers including Chrome (which has been marketed to death) and their arch nemesis: Internet Explorer.Until now, your only viable option to surf the web on your iPhone was to use Safari, which is perfectly fine as a mobile browser but then we have never really been able to compare it to much else. The release of Opera Mini has allowed us to compare the quality of Safari.
The most notable attribute of Opera is it’s speed!