Chrome didn’t take very long to become one of the most popular desktop web browsers in the world, and it stole users away from Internet Explorer and Firefox by addressing common pain points users had with these two top browsers. Now, Opera is making waves by stealing a page from Google’s playbook. The company recently announced the addition of free and unlimited VPN to the developer preview version of its desktop web browser, and now Opera is back with a new announcement. The latest build of its pre-release browser includes a new power saving mode that can increase a laptop’s battery life by 50% or even more. More →
The internet is every where these days: On your PC, your phone, your TV and perhaps even your watch. Email, social networking, and internet browsing are part of our daily lives, both at work and at home.
But are you really spending your time online in the most efficient way possible? To help you out, we’ve picked out some new software updates that will make navigating your internet life easier than ever before.
Damn Norway. That smug little frozen Hobbitton is floating on oil money. It owns a $750 billion sovereign wealth fund and keeps buying up half-billion dollar chunks of Manhattan whenever it pleases. Norway has just 5 million people, but it forced other nations to name Friday after Freia, the Norse goddess of sex, just out of sheer Scandinavian lasciviousness. And now it has launched the best iPad browser ever, trumping all of Apple’s design and coding prowess. More →
Microsoft (MSFT) was hit with a $731 million fine on Wednesday for not displaying a required browser choice screen in Windows 7. The European Commission found that nearly 15 million people weren’t given an alternative browser option in Europe from May 2011 through July 2012. According to a report from the Financial Times, the Commission was tipped off about Microsoft’s violation by rivals Google (GOOG) and Opera, both of which would have benefited greatly from the mandatory browser selection screen Microsoft failed to display in Windows. More →
Last week rumors began to circulate that Facebook was interested in acquiring Opera Software, the makers of the Opera Web browser. The social networking giant recently removed Google’s Chrome Web browser, which is the most popular in the world, from its recommendation list and replaced it with Opera, further fueling the speculation of a potential buyout. While both Chrome and Apple’s Safari Web browsers are supported by Facebook, the Menlo Park-based company is recommending users to use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera for a better experience. More →
The built-in Android web browser has become the most popular mobile web browser, according to StatCounter. Android’s browser overcame Research in Motion’s BlackBerry browser in March 2011 to capture fourth place. Since then, the browser has grown at a rapid rate, passing Nokia, Apple and Opera’s mobile web browsers. In February 2012, Android had a 22.67% market share, beating out Opera’s 21.7% share for the first time ever. Apple’s iPhone browser continues to make gains with a share of 21.06%, while Nokia and BlackBerry continue to fall with an 11.24% and 6.53% market share. StatCounter does, however, account for the iPhone and iPod touch browsers separately, and combined they propel Apple’s iOS browser to first place, with a market share of 25.36%. The iPad is not included. More →
After ousting Opera’s popular Opera Mini Web browser from its app store earlier this month, GetJar announced the browser’s return on Thursday. The app was originally tossed out of GetJar’s app store in early March when Opera announced plans to offer an app store of its own. GetJar wasn’t very happy with Opera’s entrance into the space so it banned the app from its catalog, theoretically preventing its users from accessing Opera’s competitive offering. “I’m glad that Opera Mini is back in the GetJar store,” said Mahi de Silva, EVP of Consumer Mobile at Opera Software, in a statement. “We believe Opera should be everywhere and we love the fact that our fans will now be able to download Opera Mini again from GetJar.” GetJar offered no explanation as to why it allowed this new version of Oper’a mobile browser, Opera Mini 6, back into its app store. More →
The Opera Mini browser no longer has a home in GetJar’s app store. Following Opera’s announcement on Tuesday that it will now offer an app store accessible through its mobile browser software on Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Java-enabled handsets, GetJar has pulled Opera’s Opera Mini mobile Web browser from its catalog. In a strikingly candid note to users, GetJar’s chief marketing officer Patrick Mork cites a fear of competition as the cause for the removal. “The simple problem is that Opera mini decided to include a competing app store in its browser,” Mork wrote in a note to GetJar users. “Although we don’t have any issue with this in principle, in practice it means that consumers might start using this app store instead of visiting GetJar to get their favourite apps. This robs GetJar of traffic and therefore of the advertising necessary to keep our service free for the more than 25 million consumers that use GetJar. It also jeopardizes an ecosystem that has generated over 1.6 billion downloads for tens of thousands of developers who depend on us to make money from their apps.” Opera Mini was one the most popular apps in GetJar’s catalog. Hit the break for the full letter. More →
Browser maker Opera has announced the a new application store for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Java based handsets that offers both free and paid applications for your mobile device. “The Opera Mobile Store is available to Opera users and users of other mobile browsers, on all popular mobile phone platforms in more than 200 countries,” reads the press release. “The Opera Mobile Store uses Appia’s storefront commerce technology and leverages a wide catalog of applications.” The company boasts that its store attracted more than 15 million users from 200 countries, cultivating over 700,000 downloads per day, during its pilot stage this February. Opera has partnered with app store curator Appia to help launch the Opera Mobile Store globally. “The Opera Mobile Store presents a remarkable opportunity for mobile application developers to distribute localized content through a single, far-reaching marketplace,” said Appia’s CEO, Jud Bowman. “Appia is thrilled to partner with Opera to deliver an incredible storefront of applications to Opera users and beyond.” The Norwegian company has put a “featured link” leading to the new store in the Speed Dial section of the Opera browser. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
Days ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show, browser maker Opera has posted a quick teaser video showcasing its tablet-optimized, Android browser. The quick, 26 second clip emphasizes the fluidity of the browser when scrolling an zooming — a little anticlimactic, we know. If you’re interested in getting a very brief peek at what the browser is going to look like, hit the jump… the video is waiting for you. More →
Ah yes, pulled from the deep, cold fjords of Norway comes a fresh release of Opera for Android. The latest code out of Oslo — Opera 5.1 for Android — brings with it a slew of improvements, including: the ability to be set as the default browser, better kinetic scrolling, improved pinch-to-zoom functionality, and better overall rendering speed. The app is sitting in the Android Market as we speak. Why don’t you go check out what your friends from Norway have come up with for you! Hit the bounce for the full press release. More →
Having long reigned as the king of the browser world, Internet Explorer continued its downward slide in April as its market share fell to a ten-year low. Market share for the Windows-based browser dropped 0.7 percent in April. to 59.95%. Despite its unhealthy losses, Internet Explorer still remains the dominant browser with double the market share of its closes competitor, Firerfox, which made a modest gain of 0.07% to finish the month at 24.59%. While IE stumbled, Chrome was on the upswing, grabbing 0.6 more percentage points to capture an overall market share of 6.73%. Apple’s Safari made a 0.07% gain at the expense of Opera which lost 0.07%. Next month’s figures should prove to be interesting as they may reveal whether the precipitous drop is the result of the EU’s mandatory browser ballot, now in full swing, or merely a bad month for Microsoft.
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Uh, wow? Apple seems to have approved the much-hyped Opera Mini iPhone application according to, well, Opera. Apple has historically only approved web browsing applications that used the WebKit view that Apple includes as part of the iPhone OS SDK. Full press release is after the jump! What do you guys think?Opera Mini App approved for the App Store More →