As previously reported, Opera Software has been showing off the iPhone version of Opera Mini browser at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. Opera Mini is a mobile browser that uses Opera’s compression and server-side technology to quickly deliver web pages to your phone. Macworld explains how the browser works:
How this client-server system works is that when you request a Web page in Opera Mini, the app sends the URL to an Opera server, rather than to the destination Web server. The Opera server actually sends the request to the Web server, and then downloads the page’s content, processes any scripts or other dynamic content, and compresses the resulting page into Opera Binary Markup Language (OBML). The Opera server then sends the resulting “page” — which is up to 90 percent smaller than the original Web page — to the client on your phone.
The result of this server-assisted connection is faster load times than Apple’s own Safari with claims up to 6 times faster.