A beach-ready browser: KDDI brings Opera on board for summer phone models
Oslo, Norway and Tokyo, Japan - May 25, 2009
With summer just around the corner, KDDI and Opera Software have joined forces once again to bringJapanese users two new mobile phones for browsing at the beach. KDDI willunveil their new summer line-up at a press event today, highlighting twoToshiba phones ("biblio"Â and T002) running Opera Mobile 9.5. This releasemarks the very first deployment of Opera Mobile 9.5 on BREW, making Operathe most advanced browser currently available for this a non-smartphoneplatform.
KDDI was early to embrace Opera's latest mobile browser with a release ofseven new phones running Opera in October 2008. As KDDI's official "PCSite Viewer", Opera has continuously introduced better and faster browsingto Japanese subscribers since 2004. Opera Mobile 9.5 has re-imagined theway Web sites were viewed from the mobile screen, allowing users to choosebetween the default full-page view or Opera's signature Small ScreenRendering. This version also boasts a new graphic user interface andimproved overall performance. Simple navigation by panning and zoomingplus the ability to save pages, passwords and sessions make Opera Mobile9.5 an easy-to-use and intuitive mobile-browsing experience.
"KDDI was an early adopter of Opera's vision to make the Web available toanyone, anytime, anywhere. We have been working with this mobile leaderfor the past five years, during which time we have introducedground-breaking new features to Japanese mobile users," said Jon vonTetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "These new summer phones with Operapromise to be a simple way to keep on blogging, e-mailing and socialnetworking wherever the warm weather takes you."
The Toshiba "biblio" and T002 running Opera Mobile 9.5 will be on displayat the KDDI press event, held today at The Prince Part Tower Tokyo at 11amJapan Standard Time. These phones will be available at KDDI retailers inJapan in early July 2009.
"We are now getting close to having collaborated with Opera on nearly 100of our mobile phones. Early on, we knew that in order to appeal to themature Japanese mobile market, we would have to continually innovate ouroffering. Opera has proven to be just the tool we needed, meeting oursubscribers' ever-growing expectations of what the Web on a mobile phoneshould be,"Â said Kazuhiko Masuda General Manager, Consumer Service &Product Planning Division, Consumer Service & Product Sector. KDDI.
KDDI is the only Japanese information and communications company thatcomprehensively provides all communications services, from fixed tomobile. KDDI is aggressively working towards realization of the comingUbiquitous Network Society through its ability to develop leading-edgefixed and mobile communications networks, and services to support them,and through the ability to carry out technical R&D at a level unsurpassedanywhere.
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