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Android increases mobile-ad market share, mobile video on the rise

San Mateo, Calif. - October 22, 2014

Android continues to close the gap with iOS in mobile advertising revenue, while its share of impressions is now almost double that of iOS, according to the Opera Mediaworks’ State of Mobile Advertising report, released today.

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Russian connected-TV users get access to more than 130,000 videos, with Opera TV Store

Moscow, Russia - October 20, 2014

Russian connected-TV users now have instant access to more than 130,000 full-length premium movies, sitcoms, cartoons, concerts and popular stand-up shows, thanks to new apps launched in the Opera TV Store application platform.

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Visual bookmarks debut in new Opera browser

Oslo, Norway - October 15, 2014

New, revamped bookmarks are from today part of the Opera for Windows and Mac web browser. The latest version of Opera allows users to save and sort their favorite pages using perfectly-organized collections of thumbnails.

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Samba Tech video platform ready to launch Smart TV apps

Oslo, Norway - October 15, 2014

Smart TV users in Latin America will be able to enjoy more local content on their screens, thanks to a partnership between Opera Software and Samba Tech, the online-video-platform pioneer in Latin America with 400 million video views every month.

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Opera TV Store boosts German entertainment with Videovalis

Oslo, Norway, and Cologne, Germany - October 10, 2014

Scores of German-language on-demand videos are set to land on the Opera TV Store app platform, as Opera Software inks an agreement with German motion-picture syndicator Videovalis. Videovalis capitalized on the free Opera TV Snap technology to transform its online video catalogs into apps for Smart TV devices.

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  • Android increases mobile-ad market share, mobile video on the rise

    San Mateo, Calif. - October 22, 2014

    Android continues to close the gap with iOS in mobile advertising revenue, while its share of impressions is now almost double that of iOS, according to the Opera Mediaworks’ State of Mobile Advertising report, released today.

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  • Russian connected-TV users get access to more than 130,000 videos, with Opera TV Store

    Moscow, Russia - October 20, 2014

    Russian connected-TV users now have instant access to more than 130,000 full-length premium movies, sitcoms, cartoons, concerts and popular stand-up shows, thanks to new apps launched in the Opera TV Store application platform.

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  • Visual bookmarks debut in new Opera browser

    Oslo, Norway - October 15, 2014

    New, revamped bookmarks are from today part of the Opera for Windows and Mac web browser. The latest version of Opera allows users to save and sort their favorite pages using perfectly-organized collections of thumbnails.

    » Read more
  • Samba Tech video platform ready to launch Smart TV apps

    Oslo, Norway - October 15, 2014

    Smart TV users in Latin America will be able to enjoy more local content on their screens, thanks to a partnership between Opera Software and Samba Tech, the online-video-platform pioneer in Latin America with 400 million video views every month.

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  • Opera TV Store boosts German entertainment with Videovalis

    Oslo, Norway, and Cologne, Germany - October 10, 2014

    Scores of German-language on-demand videos are set to land on the Opera TV Store app platform, as Opera Software inks an agreement with German motion-picture syndicator Videovalis. Videovalis capitalized on the free Opera TV Snap technology to transform its online video catalogs into apps for Smart TV devices.

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  • Over 30 million Indonesians go online with Opera Mini

    Jakarta, Indonesia - October 9, 2014

    More than 30 million Indonesians use the Opera Mini mobile browser when accessing information online, according to Opera Software’s State of the Mobile Web report released today.

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  • Samsung’s smart watch gets a full-web browser

    Oslo, Norway, and Seoul, Korea - October 7, 2014

    Opera Mini has become the first web browser on Samsung’s Gear S, the Tizen-based wearable device platform. Users of this new smart watch will be able to enjoy web browsing from their wrists, Opera Software announced today.

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  • Data-savings app for Android now available in Latin America Opera Max extends the life of data plans by up to 50% - for free

    San Mateo, Calif. - October 1, 2014

    Using mobile data in Latin America just became much cheaper. Starting today, Latin Americans can download Opera Max, a free app for Android that provides data savings and management. This unique app gives users up to 50% more use out of their data plans.

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  • Opera TV Snap apps debut on Amazon Fire TV

    Seattle and Oslo, Norway - October 1, 2014

    A series of video apps created via the Opera TV Snap technology has debuted today on Amazon Fire TV, a tiny box that plugs into an HDTV for easy and instant access to entertainment services, low-cost video rentals, games and much more. The move brings more apps to the streaming media player, with further Opera TV Snap apps set to launch on Amazon Fire TV in future.

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  • Opera Mediaworks and Celtra partner to unveil Selfie and Gyro ad units

    San Mateo, Calif. - September 25, 2014

    Advertisers can now integrate high-quality selfies into their mobile ad campaigns and showcase products in 3D panoramic mode, enabled through a partnership between leading mobile advertising platform Opera Mediaworks and Celtra, creative, analytics and optimization platform for display advertising.

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  • Mobile internet users migrating from basic to Android phones

    New Delhi - September 24, 2014

    Migration to Android phones continues to soar in India, according to the latest State of the Android Mobile Web report for India by Opera Software. The number of Android users across the entire country has increased dramatically, and more and more users are now taking advantage of e-commerce and video portals, the report further reveals.

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  • Altech expands offering of Opera TV products

    Oslo, Norway - September 23, 2014

    Altech Multimedia and Opera Software are extending their partnership to bring the Opera TV Store application platform on board selected Altech set-top boxes, kicking off in Australia before rolling out internationally. Altech has already been deploying the Opera Devices SDK (Software Development Kit) and the Opera hybrid TV option in Europe, and will now also expand that offering to Australia.

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  • Opera Mini on 50 Micromax Android devices

    New Delhi - September 18, 2014

    Opera Software and Micromax, one of the world’s largest handset manufacturers, have announced that they have extended the time frame of their partnership to preinstall Opera Mini as an exclusive third-party mobile web browser on all Android devices launched by Micromax. These devices will be available in India, Russia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

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  • MediaTek and Opera Software partner to extend consumer data plans at no cost

    Oslo, Norway, and Hsinchu, Taiwan - September 17, 2014

    Opera Max, a data-savings app for Android phones, will be embedded into MediaTek’s LTE System on a Chip (SoC). The first two MediaTek SoCs to be shipped with Opera Max are the high-performing 64-bit LTE SoCs MT6752 and MT6732 chips. Opera Max will enable smartphones with these chips to consume half as much the data within the same monthly plan at no extra cost.

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  • TiVo grows Opera TV Store in U.S. market

    Oslo, Norway - September 16, 2014

    Opera Software is rapidly growing its list of U.S. cable TV operators launching the Opera TV Store via TiVo’s whole-home gateway DVR and multi-room client devices. The expansion through TiVo brings numerous new viewers to the HTML5 TV application platform, which enables operators including RCN and Mediacom to offer popular apps and video content to their subscriber bases. More TiVo partner operators are also in the pipeline.

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  • Arirang TV extends its reach to Opera TV Store users

    Oslo, Norway, and Seoul, Korea - September 11, 2014

    Opera TV Store has gained another popular international broadcaster. Korea’s leading English-language television network Arirang, has debuted three TV apps in the Opera TV Store: Arirang TV LIVE, Arirang and Arirang Radio Live. Millions of Opera TV Store users are now able to catch up with live Korean popular music and up-to-date world news programs through Arirang’s TV apps, created using the Opera TV Snap tool.

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  • 2.1 billion rupees in mobile internet savings for Indian Opera Mini users

    New Delhi, India - September 10, 2014

    Thanks to Opera’s advanced compression technology, Indian users of the Opera Mini mobile browsers used 75% less mobile data in the first half of the year, according to a report by Opera Software. This is the equivalent of a monthly nationwide saving of Rs 350 million and adds up to a whopping saving of Rs 2.1 billion in the first six months of 2014.

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  • India shows record growth in mobile advertising

    San Mateo, Calif., and Mumbai, India - September 9, 2014

    The Asia-Pacific is now the fastest-growing region in mobile advertising, with 70% growth in ad impressions year-over-year -- similar to its upward trajectory within the global economy. This was among the conclusions from from the special edition of the State of Mobile Advertising report, released by Opera Mediaworks today.

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  • Opera launches advertising solution for connected TV

    Amsterdam and Oslo, Norway - September 9, 2014

    App publishers, Smart TV device manufacturers and pay-TV operators are now able to monetize their content by serving video advertising, on any platform, with today’s launch of the Opera TV Ads SDK (Software Development Kit) by Opera Software.

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  • Opera and Kyivstar reach strategic partnership agreement

    Oslo, Norway - September 4, 2014

    Kyivstar, the largest mobile operator in Ukraine, will be able to launch a co-branded version of the Opera Mini mobile web browser, according to a new strategic partnership agreement between Opera Software and Kyivstar, announced today.

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  • Opera to launch enhanced HTML5 TV rendering engine at IBC

    Amsterdam and Oslo, Norway - September 4, 2014

    The industry's first Blink-based engine for Smart TV devices is getting a major upgrade, with the release of the Opera Devices SDK 4.2 embeddable HTML5 rendering engine. Developed by the most mature vendor in the space, Opera Software, this latest software development kit debuts in time for the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), kicking off next week in Amsterdam.

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  • Opera reaches 1000 extensions

    Oslo, Norway - September 2, 2014

    Opera for Windows, Mac and Linux now offers over 1000 extensions, small programs that extend the functionality of a browser and personalize the browsing experience. In addition, Windows and Mac users can now enjoy a completely new tab preview feature.

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  • Opera’s Skyfire unit adds streaming audio optimization to Rocket Optimizer

    Oslo, Norway and Mountain View, Calif. - August 28, 2014

    Opera Software’s Skyfire unit has added streaming audio optimization as a new feature to Rocket Optimizer, its NFV-ready video and data optimization platform for mobile operators, the company announced today.

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  • 100 million smartphone owners browse the web using Opera’s products

    Oslo, Norway - August 26, 2014

    100 million Android active users are now accessing the web using Opera’s browsers, twice as many as one year ago, Opera Software announced today. India, followed by China, Indonesia, Russia and Mexico have the largest number of Opera users on Android.

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  • Opera signs licensing agreement with Microsoft

    Oslo, Norway - August 21, 2014

    Opera Mini will become the default web browser for Microsoft’s existing feature phones and Asha phones portfolio, Opera Software today announced.

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  • Opera Mini comes to Robi users in Bangladesh

    Dhaka, Bangladesh - August 18, 2014

    Opera Software and Robi Axiata, the second-largest mobile operator in Bangladesh in terms of revenue, have signed an agreement to offer a co-branded Opera Mini web browser for Robi subscribers. Opera Mini is a cloud-based browser that compresses data by up to 90% and works on almost all kinds of mobile handsets.

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  • Spur-of-the-moment travel made easy

    Oslo, Norway - August 14, 2014

    Whether it’s a transcontinental adventure or a weekend road trip, anyone can be a spontaneous traveler - all you need is a little practice. With the release of the new iOS version of their mobile web browser, Opera Mini, Opera Software shares some valuable browser gems for the spur-of-the-moment traveler.

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  • Opera Max debuts in Vietnam on Mobiistar phones

    HCM City, Vietnam - August 13, 2014

    Leading Vietnamese smartphone brand Mobiistar will preinstall Opera Max on selected phone models, in a partnership that marks the debut of Opera Software’s compression app in Vietnam.

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  • Opera Max lands in Turkey

    Oslo, Norway, and Istanbul - August 12, 2014

    Turkish users no longer have to worry about exceeding their data plans before the end of the month. Opera Max, the new, free data-savings app for Android that shrinks videos and photos across almost any app on your phone, is now available in Turkey.

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  • Opera Software enters Nepalese market in partnership with leading telecommunications company Ncell

    Kathmandu, Nepal - August 11, 2014

    In its first partnership in Nepal, Opera Software has joined hands with Ncell, Nepal’s leading telecommunications operator, to boost mobile web services across the country. With this deal, Ncell will be able to offer a co-branded version of the Opera Mini web browser to its more than 11 million subscribers.

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  • Looking for a road less travelled?

    Oslo, Norway - August 4, 2014

    When it comes to travel planning, gone are the days of skimming through hefty guidebooks and relying on word-of-mouth advice. Travellers today are pampered with countless websites providing endless information and services to help them quench their wanderlust. There is one problem though: they all look the same, work the same way and often give the same kind of info. For those looking for a unique and eclectic travel experience, it can be a little disappointing.

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  • Opera Completes Acquisition of AdColony

    San Mateo, California - July 25, 2014

    Opera announced today that it has completed its purchase of mobile video advertising platform AdColony. The deal was announced in June and first reported by The Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today.

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  • Opera and MTS Russia launch App Market store

    Moscow - July 21, 2014

    MTS Russia subscribers will get unlimited access to games and apps with today’s launch of App Market, following a cooperation between Opera Software and Mobile TeleSystems, the leading telecommunications operator in Russia and CIS.

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  • The 10 Most Handy Apps for a Hassle-Free Vacation

    Oslo, Norway and San Mateo, California - July 17, 2014

    Whether traveling within your country or to the globe’s most exotic locations, most travelers will experience some frustrating roadblocks. While technology can’t solve all of your problems, it can certainly make your life on the go a lot more worry-free. You have to worry about booking tickets, hotels, and more – Opera Software is here to help make your vacation easier with a few free apps that won’t add any extra weight to your carry-on.

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  • Idea becomes the first network in South Asia to launch Sponsored Opera Web Pass in association with Quikr

    Oslo, Norway and Mumbai, India - July 3, 2014

    Idea Cellular, India’s 3rd-largest mobile operator and Opera Software have joined hands with Quikr, India's largest online mobile classifieds portal to offer sponsored mobile data through Sponsored Web Passes for over 137 million Idea customers in India. The tri-partnership is aimed at enabling more Indians to get online and experience the power of the internet on their mobile phones, the first such initiative in South Asia.

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  • Banglalink brings better mobile web browsing with Opera Mini

    Oslo, Norway and Dhaka, Bangladesh - July 2, 2014

    Opera Software today announced its partnership with Bangladesh’s second largest cellular operator – Banglalink for delivering a special co-branded mobile web browser to its more than 29 million subscribers.

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  • Browsing abroad this break?

    Oslo, Norway - June 30, 2014

    Heading abroad for your next vacation, but afraid to surf the net on your mobile because you dread the phone bill when you get home? If you’re desperate to check email while on the go, or want to find sightseeing tips or make your friends jealous with your social-media holiday snapshots, take control of international roaming before you jet off on your journey.

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  • Opera Software gives its Opera Mini browser on iOS a complete makeover

    Oslo, Norway - June 26, 2014

    Introducing Opera Mini 8 - the biggest update for the Opera Mini mobile browser on iPhone and iPad to date. Available for free in the Apple App Store today, Opera Mini 8 will get you to anywhere on the web faster, cheaper and with a brand new native UI look for iOS 7.

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  • Avea, Yandex and Opera celebrate summer by giving away 100,000 weeks of free internet

    Oslo, Norway, and Istanbul - June 25, 2014

    Imagine having almost 2,000 years of free internet access on a mobile phone. That is what Yandex and Opera Software are now giving away to Avea customers in Turkey. Of course, the 100,000 weeks of free internet access won’t be given to a single subscriber, but fairly divided among 100,000 subscribers, who will each receive one free week of mobile internet access.

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  • Faster, fashionable and thumb friendly

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - June 25, 2014

    Vinaphone, Opera Software and Yan News today have announced a content partnership to form a mobile entertainment news initiative in Vietnam. Called VOY, the initiative not only represents the partnership among Vinaphone, Opera and Yan News, but also stands for "Voice of Youth", catering to mobile-entertainment-savvy youngsters in Vietnam. This free mobile-content service will focus on serving the hottest, fastest and latest entertainment news reported by Yan News. VOY news will be delivered exclusively to Vinaphone-Opera Mini subscribers, two hours before the news becomes available to other Yan News followers. With just one click on their phones or tablets, all users of the Vinaphone-Opera Mini browser will be able to get locally-made entertainment news faster and easier.

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  • Opera acquires AdColony to become the world’s leading mobile video ad platform

    San Mateo, Calif. - June 24, 2014

    Opera today announced that it has acquired AdColony, a leading mobile video advertising platform, to deliver best-in-class mobile video advertising to publishers and advertisers with a combined reach of more than 700 million global consumers.

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  • Watch more football, spend less money

    Sao Paulo, Brazil - June 24, 2014

    Just in time for things heating up in the world’s biggest football championship, Opera Max, a data-saving app for Android that shrinks videos, photos and compresses almost any app on your phone,  is landing in Brazil to save your online video replay.

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  • Opera debuts as default browser for Nokia X family

    Oslo, Norway - June 24, 2014

    The Opera browser will become the new default browser on the Nokia X platform, Opera Software have today announced.

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  • Opera Developer version arrives on Linux

    Oslo, Norway - June 23, 2014

    Have you been asking for Opera on Linux? Here it is. Opera Software has today released the Developer version of Opera 24 for Windows, Mac and Linux. If you love trying out new Opera’s improvements before anyone else, download it for testing purposes at http://www.opera.com/developer/.

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  • Telenor Digital and Opera Software extend partnership agreement

    Oslo, Norway - June 18, 2014

    After several years of successful cooperation, two of Scandinavia's top technology firms, Opera Software and Telenor, announced an extension to their existing partnership. From today, Telenor-owned operators can adopt even more Opera Software products such as Opera Max into their offering, following the signing of a partnership extension agreement.

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  • Opera for Android comes by default on Huawei smartphones and tablets shipped to Russia

    Oslo, Norway - June 9, 2014

    The first batch of smartphones and tablets with Opera for Android preinstalled has already been shipped to Russia and is now available on the market. These smartphone models are Ascend G6, G730, Y600, Y530, and Y330. In addition, Opera has been preinstalled on a variety of Huawei tablets, such as the MediaPad X1 (3G and LTE), MediaPad M1 (3G and LTE), MediaPad 10 Link+ (3G and LTE). Most of the new smartphone and tablet models shipped to Russia will have Opera for Android as a default browser.

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  • Washington Post app makes news in Opera TV Store

    Washington, D.C., and Oslo, Norway - May 20, 2014

    Leading U.S. newspaper The Washington Post is expanding its online video reach by launching “PostTV” on Opera Software’s app platform for Smart TV. PostTV, the online home for Washington Post video, is making a new home in the Opera TV Store thanks to Opera TV Snap, a technology that turns online video channels into ready-to-run TV applications within minutes.

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  • Latin America smartens up to the mobile web

    Oslo, Norway - April 30, 2014

    The adoption of smartphones is picking up in Latin America, shows this month’s State of the Mobile Web report from Opera Software. With more and more users picking up their phones to browse the internet, and start using their data plans, the trend is showing that their devices also are getting smarter.

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  • Opera Coast for iPhone, now out in the App Store

    Oslo, Norway - April 24, 2014

    It’s time to kick things up a notch and let iPhone users have the mobile web experience they deserve.

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  • Opera Max now available in Russia and CIS

    Moscow, Russia - April 22, 2014

    Get ready to slash your mobile data usage. Today Opera Max becomes available in Russia and CIS. Opera Max is a free and easy-to-use data-savings app that compresses data across almost every app on a mobile device – including video, text and images. Now, users in Russia and CIS can extend the life of their MB/GB data plans by up to 50%, especially if they use video- and image-heavy apps, such as Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki or Instagram.

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  • Opera’s Skyfire Adds Video Analytics Dashboard to Rocket Optimizer Platform

    Oslo, Norway and Mountain View, CA - April 15, 2014

    Opera Software's Skyfire unit today released Rocket Insights™ as part of its Rocket Optimizer platform to help operators better manage their network loads by providing a real-time analytics dashboard that analyzes mobile video congestion. Operators can now instantly view key metrics such as stall rates, video start times, bitrate distribution and mean opinion score, and use this data to improve their overall network traffic management.

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  • Opera TV Store tailor-made for Swisscom

    Oslo, Norway, and Berne, Switzerland - April 3, 2014

    Opera Software and Switzerland’s leading telecom provider Swisscom today announced that the Opera TV Store application platform is set to land on Swisscom set-top boxes. It is the first European pay-TV operator to bring the Opera TV Store on board, as operators embrace over-the-top content to satisfy viewers’ hunger for on-demand services. The partnership also marks the Opera TV Store’s first fully customized and co-branded deployment.

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  • Opera Software launches Cats by Opera browser project

    Oslo, Norway - April 1, 2014

    Norwegian browser company introduces the feline-first web browser concept.

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  • The top ten African websites map

    Oslo, Norway - March 31, 2014

    What are the differences in surfing habits across the African continent? As more and more Africans pick up their mobile phones and head onto the web, patterns in their surfing habits start to emerge. In this State of the Mobile Web report, Opera Software provides an overview of the most popular websites and the mobile devices used to access them, across the whole of Africa.

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  • RCA to launch Opera-powered Smart TVs in the United States

    Oslo, Norway - March 20, 2014

    RCA, the renowned TV brand, is revamping its Smart TV portfolio. Today, Opera announces its partnership with ON Corporation, one of RCA's brand licensees, to help bring popular online content, hundreds of TV apps and full internet browsing to cater the increasing OTT demand from a growing number of couch surfers in the United States. These TVs will hit the market later this year through Opera's partnership with ON corporation, whereby Opera will provide its HTML5 technology in the form of the Opera Devices Software Development Kit (SDK) and Opera TV Store application platform later this year.

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  • Think global, app local

    Oslo, Norway; Manisa, Turkey; and London - March 18, 2014

    Vestel, the largest TV manufacturer in Europe, has extended its content offering with the Opera TV Store, joining the growing list of customers launching Opera Software's TV application platform. The move seeks to increase the volume of local app content rapidly across all Vestel's Smart TV brands.

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  • Opera TV Snap hits the prime time

    Oslo, Norway, and London - March 18, 2014

    The Opera TV Snap technology is expanding today to even more online video platforms, as Opera Software becomes first in the industry to launch a portal that takes content owners from TV app creation to deployment - for free. Now, even more publishers of online video content can join in the fastest way to reach new audiences on millions of Smart TV devices.

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  • Opera Devices SDK in pole position for TV Connect

    Oslo, Norway, and London - March 17, 2014

    The Opera Devices SDK (Software Development Kit) is shifting up a gear as it extends its HbbTV capabilities to the Blink engine and adds official certification for implementing YouTube on TV. In time for the TV Connect exhibition starting tomorrow in London, these updates make it much easier for operators and device manufacturers to give viewers an enhanced TV experience.

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  • Stay cool in the night with Opera Mini 8 mobile browser

    Oslo, Norway - March 12, 2014

    Looking for a better mobile web experience on your basic phone or BlackBerry device? Opera Mini 8 is out now, with a restyled look and features that bring out the best in your mobile phone. Custom made for the Java platform on basic phones, Opera Mini has more than 250 million monthly users worldwide and now comes with more features than ever.

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  • Video chat to go, no app needed

    Oslo, Norway - March 6, 2014

    Just as smartphones have gone through tremendous development in recent years, their mobile web browsers are getting more and more advanced. Now, with today’s update of the Opera for Android mobile browser, another task that previously required an app is possible right from the web browser of your Android phone: we are talking about video chat across mobile phones and computers, simply by accessing a website right from the browser on your phone.

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  • Five browser design trends to explore today

    Oslo, Norway - March 4, 2014

    Your browser is the desktop app you spend the most of your time with. And, as with any other tool designed for everyday use, you expect it to be highly efficient and reliable, while also preferring it to be just that little bit stylish

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  • Nordic countries have a craving for online news

    Oslo, Norway - February 28, 2014

    What is it with the Nordic countries and their obsession with news on the web? In the latest State of the Mobile Web report, Opera Software takes a look at the surfing habits of Opera Mini mobile browser users in the Nordic countries of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.

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  • AIS Social Pack offers unlimited web browsing with Opera Mini

    Bangkok, Thailand, and Oslo, Norway - February 26, 2014

    To make access to the mobile web more affordable, Thai mobile operator AIS has introduced the AIS Social Pack, offering unlimited web browsing through the Opera Mini mobile browser, for as low as 9 THB per day. This data plan also provides weekly and monthly subscriptions at 49 THB and 149 THB, respectively.

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  • No data plan? No problem

    New Delhi, India and Barcelona, Spain - February 26, 2014

    Idea Cellular, India’s third-largest mobile operator, and Opera Software today announced the launch of Idea Web Pass, which can be purchased from within the Opera Mini browser. This web pass will allow users to enjoy customized mobile internet packages when using the Opera Mini web browser. Subscribers just need to start the Opera Mini web browser on their mobile phones, click “Idea Web Pass” on the Speed Dial start page and choose from a list of web pass subscriptions.

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  • MITO Fantasy Pocket and Opera Mini: A whole new mobile browsing experience

    Jakarta, Indonesia - February 26, 2014

    Opera Software want the world to have fast, affordable and accessible internet access. As part of achieving this aim, today, Opera Software and MITO have announced that MITO’s new Android handset, the MITO Fantasy Pocket, will have the Opera Mini browser pre-installed on the device, allowing users to surf the web in a fast and efficient way.

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  • Vodafone partners with Opera Software to launch Opera Web Pass

    New Delhi, India and Barcelona, Spain - February 25, 2014

    Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecommunications service providers, in partnership with Opera Software, is all set to bring web pass services to its customers in India. The launch of Opera Web Pass is in line with Vodafone’s strategy to democratize data to drive adoption and usage throughout the country. It will encourage new users to get online using their mobile devices and also help increase data usage among the existing users.

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  • EVERCOSS users to surf faster with Opera Mini

    Jakarta, Indonesia - February 25, 2014

    Opera Software today announced a partnership with EVERCOSS, Indonesia's biggest handset manufacturer, to preinstall the Opera Mini mobile browser in its newly launched Android devices: the A7T and A12. The goal is to bring the best mobile browsing experience to all EVERCOSS users in Indonesia.

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  • Telkomsel launches Opera Web Pass service

    Jakarta, Indonesia - February 25, 2014

    Opera Software and Telkomsel, Indonesia’s biggest telecommunication provider, today announced the launch of Opera Web Pass for the first time in Indonesia. Opera Web Pass is a solution that allows operators to offer users easier access to their mobile internet services. With Opera Web Pass, operators are able to offer various data-access services, such as one-day access to the full web or one-hour access to certain social networks. This time-based internet access can be conveniently purchased directly within the browser and makes it easier for users to keep track of their data usage, rather than having to guess how many megabytes they've downloaded. Simple, fuss-free surfing with Opera Web Pass lowers the barriers to entry for those wanting to go online without regular data plans.

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  • 50 million Brazilians say “Oi” to Opera Mini

    Oslo, Norway and Rio de Janeiro - February 24, 2014

    Opera Software today announced a partnership with one of Brazil’s largest telecom operators, Oi, to bring the Opera Mini mobile browser to Oi subscribers all over Brazil.

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  • Opera browser debuts on Nokia X software platform

    Barcelona, Spain - February 24, 2014

    The Opera browsers are expanding their turf, as Opera and Nokia today announced that the Opera browser will come pre-installed on the Nokia X software platform recently announced.

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  • Mobile operators and their customers still struggling with video stalling, new Opera study finds

    Oslo, Norway and Barcelona, Spain - February 24, 2014

    Opera Software today released a comprehensive study and infographic of five major smartphone markets – the United States, Brazil, Russia, India and Indonesia – that found that mobile video stalling and buffering continues to be a problem for operators and their customers, leading to measurable consumer dissatisfaction and stalling rates that range between 40% and 73% of all videos played.

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  • Introducing Opera Max – A data-savings app to make your data plan feel unlimited

    Barcelona, Spain, and Mountain View, Calif. - February 23, 2014

    Following its legacy of championing compression on mobile, Opera Software today launched Opera Max, a free and easy-to-use data savings app that compresses data across applications on your mobile device – including video, text and images – so you can get the most out your data plan and more control over your data usage.

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  • Opera brings no-cost, sponsored data packages to the mobile internet with Sponsored Web Pass

    Oslo, Norway - February 21, 2014

    Opera Software is announcing Sponsored Web Pass, a breakthrough in bringing easy-to-understand, zero-risk mobile internet packages to consumers around the world. Sponsored Web Pass enables operators to easily team up with advertisers to sponsor the cost of customers' mobile internet access, providing users with free mobile data.

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  • First cable TV operator launches Opera TV Store on TiVo

    Oslo, Norway; Princeton, New Jersey; and San Jose, Calif. - February 18, 2014

    The Opera TV Store is set to bring hundreds of entertaining apps to all TiVo set-top boxes for U.S. cable operator RCN. It is the first pay-TV cable operator to launch Opera Software's app platform on its TiVo devices, and the first TiVo operator deployment following the partnership to bring the Opera TV Store to TiVo set-top boxes.

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  • The rise of smartphones in Russia

    Oslo, Norway - January 31, 2014

    In the CIS region, smartphones are storming the market, and Russia is leading the pack. As trends from the latest State of the Mobile Web report show, Russian users of Opera mobile browsers are converting to smartphones faster than the global average.

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  • Over one third of video played on Russia's 3G networks still suffers from stalling

    Moscow - January 30, 2014

    Opera’s cloud-based mobile-video-optimization unit, Skyfire, has found that 37% of all videos that play on Russia’s 3G networks suffer from stalling and rebuffering, resulting in frustrated users and high video abandonment rates. The survey also finds that 28% of videos played on 3G networks in the country encounter significant stalling, defined as stalling or buffering for more than 10% of a video's overall playback time.

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  • 5 TV web trends to watch in 2014

    Oslo, Norway - January 30, 2014

    TV has gotten a whole lot smarter, as Smart TVs take over living rooms across the globe. Plugging your TV into the internet seeks to meet all your home entertainment needs on one screen, whether it’s apps, surfing the web, or checking out new videos and music. Today’s TV viewers can unlock it all with their remote controls – and the future holds even more possibilities for web content and interaction. Aneesh Rajaram, Head of TV at web company Opera Software, shares his five top predictions for what to watch in Smart TV trends this year.

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  • Opera Mobile Store passes 100 million users

    San Mateo, Calif. - January 28, 2014

    The Opera Mobile Store, the fifth-largest mobile app store in the world, today announced that it has reached a new milestone of 105 million monthly visitors at the end of Q4 2013. As the world’s largest cross-platform app store, the Opera Mobile Store saw exponential growth in its user base over the 12 last months, increasing by 172% since the close of 2012.
    The Opera Mobile Store currently offers more than 200,000 mobile apps and games across most mobile platforms, including Android, Java, BlackBerry, Symbian and iOS. By the end of 2013, the app store also got a completely redesigned storefront, generating record-breaking conversion rates of visitors who ended up downloading and using apps.

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  • Students in India get trained on safe surfing habits.

    New Delhi, India - January 23, 2014

    Through its Surf Safe campaign, Opera Software has been working to increase understanding about the importance of healthy internet-browsing habits among young adults in India since 2011. Opera, along with experts from the internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), conducts seminars in schools and colleges to educate young people about techniques to help them have a safe and productive web-surfing experience.

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  • Android edges out iOS with the most mobile phone ad impressions in Q4 2013, tablet wars heat up Holidays drive 13% increase in new mobile devices in U.S., 22% in Europe, according to Opera Mediaworks Q4 report

    San Mateo, California - January 21, 2014

    As the New Year takes hold, Opera Mediaworks today released insights about mobile advertising in the last quarter of 2013 that point to yet another growth year for the industry. To start, the company found that in the three days around Christmas (December 24, 25 and 26), the number of smartphones and tablets, increased by 13% in the United States and 22% in Europe, reflecting strong sales of these devices during the holiday season.

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  • No.1 Chinese TV brand goes global with Opera

    Oslo, Norway, and Shenzhen, China - January 20, 2014

    Skyworth, a leading global TV manufacturer based in China, today announced that it has selected the full suite of Opera TV solutions to provide a complete, immersive Smart TV experience. After achieving No.1 domestic TV market share in China, Skyworth now has its eyes on the global Smart TV market by launching its new Smart TV models powered by the Opera Devices Software Development Kit (SDK), Opera TV Store and Opera TV browser to ensure viewers can get the most out of the web on their TV screens. The first model equipped with Opera TV solutions is the Skyworth 39E36. It will be available in Latin America from Q2 2014 and soon after to other regions.

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  • VimpelCom Group and Opera Software expand mobile internet partnership

    Oslo, Norway - January 15, 2014

    Following the success of the Opera Mini co-branded browser across VimpelCom markets, the two companies are further strengthening their partnership through a complete mobile internet engagement and monetization framework, spanning from basic phones to smartphones. Through an extension of the existing Global Framework Agreement (GFA), VimpelCom subsidiaries can opt into the entire Opera portfolio of products for monetization and optimization of mobile data, including such existing products as Opera Web Pass, Skyfire Rocket Optimizer and Horizon, as well as Opera Max, which will be introduced during 2014.

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  • TV processors tailored for the web

    Las Vegas - January 9, 2014

    Opera Software and Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for home entertainment, connectivity and converging multimedia delivery, today announced that the Opera Devices SDK will land in Sigma Designs’ Smart TV processors.

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  • Opera goes over with a Bang

    Oslo, Norway, and Copenhagen, Denmark - January 8, 2014

    Opera Software today announced that Danish electronics manufacturer Bang & Olufsen is now shipping the latest version of the Opera Devices Software Development Kit (SDK) on selected high-end connected TVs, bringing Bang & Olufsen viewers first-rate support for online video streaming services.

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  • Opera, TechniSat and Verimatrix provide smooth TV browsing for operators

    Las Vegas - January 7, 2014

    Opera Software, together with TechniSat Digital, a leading consumer-electronics manufacturer, and Verimatrix, a specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for digital TV services, today announced that the latest TechniSat hybrid set-top boxes (STB) will be powered by the Opera Software Development Kit (SDK) and protected by advanced Verimatrix security solutions.

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  • It’s #10 for Opera TV Store

    Oslo, Norway, and Las Vegas - January 6, 2014

    Less than two years after the market launch of the Opera TV Store, Opera Software is excited to announce just in time for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that the Opera TV Store has added a milestone tenth company, Samsung, to its list of global customers. This addition brings millions of new viewers to the app platform’s already massive audience.

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  • Opera Mediaworks expands Latin America presence to better service exploding demand in 2014

    San Mateo, Calif. - January 2, 2014

    Opera Mediaworks, the world’s largest mobile advertising platform, today announced a substantial expansion of its presence in Latin America with the addition of a team spanning multiple countries to service the regional needs of advertisers and publishers. The team now joining Opera Mediaworks has formerly operated independently as Hunt Mobile Ads.

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  • Opera TV Store lands on select Samsung Blu-ray Disc players and brings hundreds of TV apps to millions of viewers

    Oslo, Norway, and Seoul, Korea - January 2, 2014

    Kicking off in 2014, owners of select Samsung Blu-ray Disc players will be able to unlock a wealth of exciting apps specially built for TV screens. Opera Software today announced that apps from the Opera TV Store will be available on Samsung's Blu-ray Disc players, providing viewers with more choices of online and streaming entertainment for their TV screens and giving app and content owners a huge new audience.

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