Cue the fat lady, it looks to be over. After much “will it or won’t it,” the Opera Mini browser has arrived for the Apple iPhone. This is actually a pretty big deal, as this is the first non-Apple Web browser to make it to the handset. It is also a top free download since arriving on the Apple App Store this week.
Early reviews are noting that some parts of the Opera Mini for iPhone are just a bit off key, notably that Opera lacks some key features that the built-in Apple Safari browser has, including the ability to send an e-mail from a Web page or create a home screen shortcut for a Web app. On the flip side there were some performance issues that got rave reviews, notably Opera Mini allows for keyword searches in Web pages, improved tabbed browsing and a speed dial feature.
The bigger issue could be whether the Opera starts an iPhone revolution to encourage Apple to open the OS up to other browsers and applications. This would of course be a major shift in how Apple likes to do things, but as the company likes to say, “think differently.” Some have argued that they just really meant think differently like them, but the Opera Mini could be a push towards thinking how you want to think, and browsing how you want to browse.
Navigon Releases MyRegion
Mobile navigation solutions company Navigon recently introduced MyRegions, the first iPhone navigation app in the United States that offers adjustable map access. It will allow user upgrades to additional regions within the app and on the go, providing cross-country navigation. This means that if you do mostly regional travel you can purchase a single region, and get additional regions as additions if and when the time comes.
“Navigon MyRegion gives our customers the power of choice to only access the areas they use, enabling a customized and tailor-made navigation experience at a price built for all budgets,” said Gerhard Mayr, Navigon vice-president worldwide mobile phones and new markets. “At the same time we are providing our customers the peace of mind of being able to upgrade to additional regions and cross country navigation later on, independent of additional downloads.”
The Navigon MyRegion includes all the features of the MobileNavigator 1.4 plus Navigon MyRoutes. These include two alternative routes displayed on a map including ETA, as well as distance and driving time. It also includes Google Local Search, Reality View Pro, iPod controls, enhanced pedestrian mode and Traffic Live in a single application. Navigon also recently released the MobileNavigator for Windows Mobile and has already announced an Android version that is coming soon.
BlackBook for BlackBerry
Need to have some “secret” stuff on your mobile phone. While we can think of various nefarious reasons for a hidden address book, the truth is that there are probably more legitimate reasons as well. Either way, mblware from Canada has the BlackBook, the top paid app on BlackBerry’s App World.