After what seemed like ages, Apple has finally approved the use of third-party web browsers for the iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch. And there isn’t just one. There are at least four third-party web browsers for the iPhone available for download at the App Store as of this time’s writing.
One of the newly approved third-party iPhone web browsers is the Edge Browser (pictured below), which offers a full screen view of web pages to maximize the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display. It looks great, and what’s more, anyone can download it for free.
Others web browsers are also available for download for a fee, like WebMate ($0.99), which takes pride in offering tabbed browsing, and Incognito ($0.99) which offers untraceable browsing.
This is great news for the iPhone development community, but the question is, when will we see the third-party web browsers that we have all been waiting for? I’m talking about mobile Firefox and Opera, of course. And if Google can create a Chrome-like browser for the iPhone, too, then all the better. Throw in mobile IE in there, even, why don’t you?
Previously, it looked like seeing all those heavy-duty mobile browsers on the iPhone was impossible. Well, obviously, not any more. Unless this–approving third-party web browsers for the iPhone–is some kind of mistake on Apple’s part, which I really hope it isn’t.
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