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All posts tagged "Opera"

  • Opera doles out $155m for rival browser maker Skyfire Labs

    Things are hotting up at Norwegian software company Opera. Just a couple of days after announcing that it would be moving to the WebKit rendering engine, it revealed that it had bought out rival browser maker Skyfire Labs. Opera is believed to have pushed the deal, worth US$155-million, through in a bid to get hold of its Rocket Optimizer software, which reduces the size of video and other streaming media when broadcast across mobile networks. Skyfire can detect when specific users are facing poor quality of experience or connections that need assistance, and, says Opera, can "intervene in milliseconds"....

  • Russia emerges as mobile ad powerhouse as Android keeps growing

    The latest State of Mobile Advertising report from Norwegian web browser maker Opera shows a couple of interesting trends, including the emergence of Russia as a mobile advertising power and the increasing importance of Android as a mobile advertising platform. The report, which is based on data from the Opera Mediaworks mobile ad platform during the last quarter of 2012, shows that mobile is accelerating as an advertising force. The fourth quarter of 2012, it says, represented more than a two-times increase in impressions and revenue to publishers compared to any other quarter in 2012. Of particular interest...

  • Opera gives 70m Brazilians access to app store in partnership with TIM

    Opera has partnered with Brazilian mobile operator TIM to launch the TIM App Shop, which will be powered by the Opera Mobile Store. According to The Next Web, the partnership will see the TIM App Shop pre-loaded on all devices sold by the mobile carrier, which is Brazil's second largest. It is also reportedly the preferred carrier for the country's middle class. In a country where fixed internet connections are still comparatively expensive, that means its mobile devices will also be the primary means by which its customers access the internet. Given that a large portion of those customers...

  • Opera launches streaming music service in Russia

    Norwegian software outfit Opera has announced the launch of a streaming music service in Russia -- one of the markets where its mobile browser performs best. The idea behind the product, called Unlimited Music, is to “make music files available in a simple and affordable way for Russians, no matter if they are on a feature phone or a smartphone,” the company told The Next Web. While the service is available on the...

  • Opera hits 200m mobile users, reports massive African growth

    It may not be a big in the world of desktop browsers but Opera's mobile effort makes it a serious player in the browser wars. The Norwegian-made browser today revealed that its mobile browsers are installed on some 200-million phones across the world, up 47% from the same period last year. The company also reports that it's experienced massive growth in its African user numbers. Thirty six countries more than doubled their...

  • Android now world’s most popular mobile browser

    Android is winning -- hang on a moment Apple fans, take a deep breath and let me finish before you start pounding your keyboards in anger -- the mobile browser wars. According to the latest figures from StatCounter, Android’s native browser has officially taken over from Opera’s as the most used on the planet. Android’s market infiltration has grown two percent in the last couple of months to just under 23%. Opera...

  • Opera launches ‘more social’ mobile web browser

    Opera doesn't really feature in the web browser landscape. Its mobile browser Opera Mini, on the other hand, is among the most popular. Hardly surprising then, that it should trumpet the release of a new iteration of the latter called Opera Mini Next. The new browser reportedly leverages social through a new feature called the Smart Page. According to Opera, the Smart Page "will take its position alongside Opera’s famous Speed Dial...

  • Opera browser now comes in Zulu and Swahili

    Opera Software released the newest update to its desktop web browser, Opera 11.50, which is now available for the first time in Swahili and Zulu. The browser supports more than 50 languages in total, with the update adding four new languages, also including Bengali and Punjabi. Codenamed "Swordfish", Opera 11.50 features improvements to its Speed Dial launch page, synchronization and design. You can download Opera 11.50 here. In the latest version of...

  • Opera 11.10 launches with Afrikaans language support

    Codenamed "Barracuda", Opera 11.10 is the newest update to the popular desktop browser and it includes support for over 50 languages including Afrikaans, Azerbaijani, Montenegrin, Malay, Tagalog, Thai and Uzbeck. The latest update also includes improvements to two of Opera's most used features: Speed Dial and Opera Turbo. Opera seems to be following the trend of customising browsers for added language support. Last month, Mozilla's successful integrated the Zulu language into its Firefox browser. The Opera Turbo...

  • Opera co-founder on the future of mobile, computing

    Jon von Tetzchner, the co-founder of Opera, first discovered the internet in 1992 while working at the Norwegian telecoms company, Telenor. Realising the potential of this new technology, von Tetzchner and his partner branched out and set up Norway's first Internet Service Provider, which was one of the first one hundred ISPs in the world. Two years later, they began to work on browsers and launched the company as Opera Software ASA.Today, "Opera develops the Opera web browser, a high-quality, multi-platform product for a wide range of platforms, operating systems and embedded internet products – including Mac, PC...

  • Should we be designing for legacy browsers?

    Web designers have been on the frontlines of the browser-war battlefields for some time now, dodging the shells of legacy browsers exploding all over carefully-crafted pages. Even the design of a simple page would require the designer to have an arsenal of hacks and tricks to ensure cross-browser compatibility. But is it time for the designers and developers to stop fighting the good fight and move the industry forward by refusing to design for legacy browsers? Certainly with the advent of Internet Explorer (IE) 7, some great strides were taken towards a more compatible infrastructure in terms of how designs...

  • Vodacom to allow free mobile browsing via Opera Mini

    Vodacom announced on Thursday that from midnight on Friday 9 April, for four consecutive weekends, Vodacom subscribers will be able to browse the web on their cellphones, free of charge when using the Opera Mini 4.2 or 5.0 browser, enhanced by Vodafone. The free data browsing over weekends is valid from midnight on Friday till midnight Sunday, every weekend from 10 April to 2 May, and will apply once a customer downloads the Opera Mini browser enhanced by Vodafone –- exclusively available to Vodacom subscribers, free of charge. “Opera Mini is built for speed,” says Shameel Joosub, Managing Director,...