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Opera Mini is the fastest browser for your phone, new tests show

Oslo, Norway - May 25, 2016

Surfing the web with Opera Mini is faster than with the UC Browser or Google Chrome, according to new speed tests announced today. Opera Mini in extreme-savings mode is 64% faster than UC browser. It also uses 2 times less data than UC Browser, giving users a respite from expensive data plans. Tests also show users can load webpages 72% faster with Opera Mini extreme-savings mode than on Google Chrome and save 3.5 times more data.

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Opera Mediaworks launches new mobile marketing report; “Mobile First Insights” focuses on actionable insights for today’s mobile marketers

San Mateo, Calif. - May 18, 2016

Insights based on Opera’s platform reaching over 1.4 billion users, includes quarterly trends, advertising best practices, and what’s new in mobile technology and creativity

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New “power saving mode” added to Opera's browser for computers, extending laptop battery life by up to 50%

Oslo, Norway - May 12, 2016

Opera for computers has become the first major browser to feature a power saving mode - out today in the developer stream. The new mode extends the laptop battery life by up to 50% compared to earlier versions of the Opera browser and to Google Chrome.

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Free and unlimited VPN app for iPhone and iPad available today

Toronto, Canada - May 9, 2016

If you own an iPhone or iPad, the free Opera VPN app can help you enhance your online privacy, access more content and extend the reach of your apps. This is especially relevant on campuses and workplaces as people often experience restricted access to social-media and video-streaming websites.

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Vestel and Opera TV Partner to Deliver HbbTV 2.0 Next-Generation Entertainment

Oslo, Norway - May 5, 2016

Opera TV and Vestel are partnering to deliver next-generation entertainment and interactive television experiences to European audiences. Opera TV’s software will be incorporated in the new line of Vestel televisions, to provide customers with Ultra HD content and powerful interactive experiences using the latest Hybrid Broadcast and Broadband TV (HbbTV) specification, HbbTV 2.0. That means viewers will have harmonized access to linear and on-demand content, as well as interactive “red button” applications such as in-context-based advertising, personalization, voting, games, social networking, and other multimedia apps, to easily control their viewing experience.

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  • Opera Mini is the fastest browser for your phone, new tests show

    Oslo, Norway - May 25, 2016

    Surfing the web with Opera Mini is faster than with the UC Browser or Google Chrome, according to new speed tests announced today. Opera Mini in extreme-savings mode is 64% faster than UC browser. It also uses 2 times less data than UC Browser, giving users a respite from expensive data plans. Tests also show users can load webpages 72% faster with Opera Mini extreme-savings mode than on Google Chrome and save 3.5 times more data.

    » Read more
  • Opera Mediaworks launches new mobile marketing report; “Mobile First Insights” focuses on actionable insights for today’s mobile marketers

    San Mateo, Calif. - May 18, 2016

    Insights based on Opera’s platform reaching over 1.4 billion users, includes quarterly trends, advertising best practices, and what’s new in mobile technology and creativity

    » Read more
  • New “power saving mode” added to Opera's browser for computers, extending laptop battery life by up to 50%

    Oslo, Norway - May 12, 2016

    Opera for computers has become the first major browser to feature a power saving mode - out today in the developer stream. The new mode extends the laptop battery life by up to 50% compared to earlier versions of the Opera browser and to Google Chrome.

    » Read more
  • Free and unlimited VPN app for iPhone and iPad available today

    Toronto, Canada - May 9, 2016

    If you own an iPhone or iPad, the free Opera VPN app can help you enhance your online privacy, access more content and extend the reach of your apps. This is especially relevant on campuses and workplaces as people often experience restricted access to social-media and video-streaming websites.

    » Read more
  • Vestel and Opera TV Partner to Deliver HbbTV 2.0 Next-Generation Entertainment

    Oslo, Norway - May 5, 2016

    Opera TV and Vestel are partnering to deliver next-generation entertainment and interactive television experiences to European audiences. Opera TV’s software will be incorporated in the new line of Vestel televisions, to provide customers with Ultra HD content and powerful interactive experiences using the latest Hybrid Broadcast and Broadband TV (HbbTV) specification, HbbTV 2.0. That means viewers will have harmonized access to linear and on-demand content, as well as interactive “red button” applications such as in-context-based advertising, personalization, voting, games, social networking, and other multimedia apps, to easily control their viewing experience.

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  • Ad blocker | Opera Mini & Opera browser | Press release

    Oslo, Norway - May 4, 2016

    A native ad blocker is integrated into both the stable version of the Opera browser for computers, as well as the Opera Mini browser for Android - out today.

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  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts is early adopter of interactive 360° mobile video technology

    San Mateo, Calif. - April 26, 2016

    Opera Mediaworks and Hilton Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with its agency OMD, have launched a mobile campaign featuring an interactive 360° video that takes the viewer on a virtual vacation, using Opera's innovative mobile video ad unit designed to create a fully immersive and engaging experience.

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  • Opera powers 'Idea Games Club' for premium gaming apps

    New Delhi - April 21, 2016

    Opera and Idea Cellular today announced the launch of Idea Games Club – a premium mobile-gaming app, which is now available exclusively to all Idea subscribers. The subscription to Idea Games Club would allow users to download and enjoy unlimited, full-version premium gaming apps on their smartphones, without worrying about in-app purchases and advertisements.

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  • Opera adds a free built-in VPN to its desktop browser, first among major browsers

    Oslo, Norway - April 21, 2016

    Opera is today unveiling a free VPN client with unlimited data usage in its newest developer version. All other VPNs for the major desktop browsers are extensions, with most of them based on a paid-subscription model or offering limited data usage.

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  • Opera Mediaworks appoints Keith Winter as Chief Operating Officer

    San Mateo, Calif. - April 12, 2016

    Opera Mediaworks, the world's highest quality mobile advertising and marketing platform, announced today that Keith Winter has joined the company as its new Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Winter will be responsible for building and scaling revenue and operations to help strengthen the company’s position as the no. 1 platform for mobile advertisers and publishers.

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  • Bangladeshis save BDT 3.3B in data costs with Opera Mini

    Dhaka, Bangladesh - March 28, 2016

    Opera Mini saved 10,829TB of data for mobile users in Bangladesh in 2015 thanks to the browser's unique compression technology, according to findings from Opera's "State of the Mobile Web" report. That amount of data is worth 3.3 billion BDT (1GB costs 300 BDT, on average), equivalent to 42 million USD.

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  • Opera browser nearly doubles load speed by integrating ad-blocking technology directly into the browser engine

    Oslo, Norway - March 10, 2016

    Opera for computers is launching an integrated ad-blocking feature in its newest developer version, out today - the first major PC browser to do so.

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  • Opera Mediaworks and Immersion excite Lexus’ new mobile advertising campaign with haptics

    San Jose and San Mateo, Calif. - March 9, 2016

    Opera Mediaworks, the world’s highest quality mobile advertising and marketing platform, and Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR), the leading developer and licensor of haptic technology, today announced a new mobile advertising campaign for Lexus that is enhanced with Immersion’s TouchSense® technology. Lexus, in partnership with its advertising agency Team One, has launched a haptic ad campaign for the first-ever Lexus GS F that currently runs on Opera Mediaworks-enabled Android mobile apps in the United States. Team One, Immersion and Opera Mediaworks worked together to enhance the Lexus mobile ad with sophisticated tactile effects to capture how it feels to drive the most powerful Lexus sedan.

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  • Video boost debuts faster video on Opera Mini for Android

    Oslo, Norway - March 8, 2016

    Android users will see less of the video-buffering wheel, as the unique “video boost” feature arrives today in the Opera Mini mobile browser, available for free in Google Play. The release brings smoother video viewing and data savings to almost 120 million users on Opera Mini for Android, Opera’s biggest user base.

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  • Opera/Unacast partnership connects advertisers to global beacon data for the first time

    San Mateo, Calif. and New York - March 2, 2016

    Opera Mediaworks, the world’s highest quality mobile advertising and marketing platform today announced a new partnership with Unacast to provide beacon and proximity data for retargeting at scale to the world’s top advertisers for the first time.

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  • 30% of all mobile-data usage is wasted in the background, new finding shows

    Oslo, Norway - February 18, 2016

    A new app-usage finding, conducted through millions of Opera Max users, shows that on average over 30% of all data is used by apps running in the background. Facebook Messenger and Gmail are the most data-hungry apps this way, with some 73% of their total data usage happening in the background.

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