Back in the day, before the iPhone, before Android, before Webkit, before Skyfire, when we suffered through mobile web experiences using Pocket IE or worse yet maybe a preinstalled Motorola WAP 2.0 browser (dark times my friends), there was a bright and shining star that would aid those in need. That star was Opera. Its two flagship mobile browsers—Opera Mobile and Opera Mini—were a delight to proto-smartphone owners and T9‘ers alike. A premium, relatively elegant web experience on just about any little phone and mostly for free. I think I paid 5 bucks for Opera Mobile on my old BlackJack II and it was well worth it.
I admit to being a long-time fan of their mobile (and desktop) browsers and admire their constant upkeep to make their software work on as many phones as possible. It was therefore a treat to get to speak with Jon Von Tetzchner, co-founder of the company, and pick his brain about the future of Opera’s many browsers.