Opera Mobile browser on Willcom's latest smartphone
Introduces enhanced search and scrolling features
Oslo, Norway and Tokyo, Japan - June 7, 2007
Opera Software today announced that the newly released Opera Mobile 8.7 for Windows Mobile will be the default browser on the Advanced/W-ZERO3 [es] Windows Mobile device distributed by the Japanese mobile telecom company Willcom. The Advanced/W-ZERO3 [es] is a new addition to the W-ZERO3 series of smartphones available by Willcom and introduces advanced scrolling and searching features to create a further intuitive user experience. The Advanced/W-ZERO3 [es] will be released for the Japanese market in mid-July.
The device's predecessing W-ZERO3 and W-ZERO3 [es] handsets with Opera developed a market for smartphones in Japan. The Advanced/W-ZERO3 [es] with Opera continues to offer Willcom customers a powerful Web experience on the go.
Advancing the user experience with the latest W-ZER03-series smartphone, Opera supports keyword search functionality in the address bar. When you search for a keyword via the address bar, such as by typing "g keyword," the results are rendered instantly. "Xcrawl" is a key feature of this device that enables intuitive thumb scrolling. Opera supports both the Xcrawl thumb-scrolling functionality and grab-and-scroll navigation using a stylus.
"A Web browser is a key component of our smartphones," says Tadasu Tsuchihashi, Executive Vice President, Willcom INC. "Opera Mobile has contributed to the success of our W-ZERO3 series and remains a natural choice in offering our newest customers an exciting browsing experience."
"Opera worked closely with Willcom and Sharp to provide a premiere browsing experience to users of the W-ZERO3 series," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Opera offers a rich browsing experience that includes use of advanced Web applications such as Web mail, calendar, maps and more."
WILLCOM, Inc. is a leading mobile data telecommunications company, providing PHS services in Japan. In addition to data telecommunications, WILLCOM introduced the "WILLCOM Flat-Rate Plan" in May 2005, the Japanese mobile industry's first fixed-rate voice communication service. WILLCOM has also introduced a series of other new services to the market, and currently has more than 4.5 million cumulative subscribers (as of March 2007). Learn more about Willcom at www.willcom-inc.com (available in English and Japanese).
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