Every year we select The Opera Top Apps Awards winners from 300,000 applications available on the Opera Mobile Store. This represents only the top-downloaded apps in the period from December 1, 2013 through November 30, 2014. This year, the categories are divided across Games and Utilities for Android, Symbian, Blackberry and Java.
App Developers are free to use the Award Logo in their program descriptions, on their websites or in any other online or printed media.
Our best congratulations to our Winners in each category!
For the most downloads spanning all categories, the #1 Overall Winner for Opera Mobile Store in 2014 is… (drumroll)
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Original Press Release at Opera.com
Mobile operators globally can benefit from a net gain of at least $28.7 billion over five years by deploying mobile video and data optimization technology in their networks, according to new findings from ABI Research, revealed by Opera Software’s Skyfire unit today.
The independent research, carried out on behalf of Skyfire, details how video and data optimization can positively impact quality of experience for users, which directly translates into reduced churn and subscriber tariff upgrades. It can also dramatically reduce operators’ capital and operational expenditures through the expansion of virtual capacity, resulting in significant total-cost-of ownership (TCO) savings.
Key findings, based on a conservative assumption that if just one in three operators deploys video and data optimization technology, the savings and revenue boost will therefore be as follows:
Mobile video and data optimization technology play a significant role in all three areas. Churn reduction savings are brought about by boosting the quality of experience for users, which leads to additional revenues from retained customers. Operators can generate additional income from a proportion of end users through upgrades to higher tariffs, driven by improved quality of experience and, therefore, a greater desire for more data. TCO savings are based in part on boosts in software-based virtual capacity for mobile video, which result in more video being played successfully per unit of CapEx.
“The continued rise in data consumption continues to put substantial pressure on mobile operator networks, and user experience is now seriously suffering as a result. End users are hurting, and many operators are using ‘band aid’ equipment patches and fixes to keep existing networks and infrastructure up and running – hardly a long-term solution,” says Nitin Bhandari, Skyfire CEO and Opera SVP of Operator Products. “This new analysis from ABI Research demonstrates that mobile video and data optimization can make a significant and positive impact both to the subscriber experience and an operator’s own user-experience KPIs. These elements all combine to bring enormous financial benefit to operators’ business performance.”
ABI Research developed an interactive “Mobile Video & Data Traffic Solutions Analyzer” that allows seven developed and emerging-market operator scenarios to be evaluated to assess the impact of mobile video and data optimization.
The model uses actual country market data, from economic and demographic data to mobile operator subscription and radio access network (RAN) deployment data.
The analyzer produced the following outputs for each region, combining to form the “Total worldwide revenue boost, churn and TCO savings”:
“During the course of our interviews with the mobile operator community, it became clear that many networks have been historically designed to only support the sporadic needs of a voice and messaging client base. End-user expectations are rapidly evolving; operators must now deploy mobile data and video optimization solutions that can effectively enhance the amount of traffic the operator can handle in a given location,” says Jake Saunders, Vice President and Practice Director, ABI Research. “Our research, and analyzer, shows that the potential benefits of mobile video and data optimization translate not only to expanded virtual capacity and reduced capital infrastructure spend, but also to reduced churn by delivery of a more satisfactory and richer mobile internet experience. Even in a monthly data quota environment, there is an opportunity for operators to up-sell the mobile internet experience to their customers.”
Philippines, churn reduction: Using the Philippines market, where there is some 4G subscriber adoption (2.5 million) but a much larger proportion on 3G (22 million), the average data throughput in the base station cell edge zones is estimated to be 365 Kbps without optimization. Boosting the quality of experience by enabling 30% to 60% greater data throughput can boost overall subscribers by around 2% per year and increase the subscriber retention rate equating to additional retained service revenues of US$204 million over a 5-year period.
Brazil, tariff upgrade: Using a conservative scenario of 2%, ABI Research calculates that an operator in the Brazilian market can generate an additional US$474 million in service revenue over a 5-year period from its 3G and 4G subscribers, attributed to faster user data rates and improved QoE.
Rocket Optimizer, from Opera Software’s Skyfire unit, is a robust and surgical mobile video optimization solution that provides operators with Experience Assurance and cloud-based mobile video Quality of Experience (QoE) management. In August, Skyfire announced that it had added streaming audio optimization to the platform, and, in April, announced Rocket Insights, a video analytics dashboard that helps operators better manage their network loads by providing real-time analytics.
Network operators wishing to explore the Mobile Video & Data Traffic Solutions Analyzer should contact Opera’s Skyfire unit at http://www.skyfire.com/about/contact.
Opera Software crafts products and services that connect 350 million people to the internet. More than 130 operators around the world choose to work with us to give their customers the best web experience. Our mobile advertising platform enables publishers to monetize their content and allows brands to reach a global audience of more than 500 million consumers. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com, or follow Opera on Facebook, Twitter and blogs.opera.com.
Opera, Rocket Optimizer and Rocket Insights are trademarks of Opera Software ASA.
Original Press Release on Opera.com
Jakarta, Indonesia – November 13, 2014
Sponsored Web Pass from Opera brings more Indonesians to mobile internet
Mobile internet users will be able to enjoy three million hours of free mobile internet access over the next two months, with Opera Web Pass service, sponsored by Berniaga.com.
Berniaga.com, Indonesia’s top online-classifieds site as verified by comScore, is sponsoring three hours of free internet per day, and available only for Telkomsel customers. Through this partnership, Berniaga.com and Opera Software hope to introduce new consumers to the mobile internet in Indonesia.
The subscribers can enjoy browsing the mobile internet, such as checking the latest updates on their favorite news portals or searching movie schedules for the nearest cinema, all for free.
To browse the web and enjoy free internet with Sponsored Web Pass, users just need to open the Opera Mini browser, click the “Paket Internet Webpass” Speed Dial icon and select the “Free Internet by Berniaga (3 hours)” web-pass option. Users will be able to browse the web and enjoy three hours of sponsored internet access for one day
“Indonesia is the fastest-growing C2C marketplace and classifieds market in Southeast Asia, and this growth is propelled by smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices,” says Reynazran Royono, Deputy General Manager of Berniaga.com. “With Sponsored Web Pass, we believe we can reach new consumers by making it easy and convenient for them to access the mobile internet.”
“Internet penetration in Indonesia has seen tremendous growth in recent years. We are very excited to collaborate with the market leaders in Indonesia and reach more Indonesian users,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. “We are confident Opera Web Pass will encourage people to go online more often.”
Opera Web Pass bundles mobile internet in easy-to-understand, affordable packages that are time or content based. Purchased within the Opera Mini browser, Opera Web Pass is an alternative to complex data plans based on megabyte usage.
For more information on the Opera Web Pass solution for operators, visit: http://www.operasoftware.com/products/web-pass/
Berniaga.com – founded in December 2nd, 2009 – endeavors to be the number one place in Indonesia for buying and selling quality second hand items and services. The website helps people to find what they are looking for in a safe environment to shop through multiple platforms (desktop, mobile, and app). It offers a cutting-edge technology platform with social media integration and provides optimum browsing experience for Indonesian users. The site has grown phenomenally since launch and is fast becoming the most popular place to buy and sell across Indonesia; it is currently the number 1 Classifieds site in Indonesia, based on July 2014 comScore unique visitors data.
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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.
With these apps, connected-TV audiences can access catalogs of the Rutube, ivi.ru, Zoomby and Now.ru online video websites on the main, big TV screen and watch popular TV shows, such as Comedy Battle, Univer, Nasha Russia and many other big hits – all from the comfort of their sofas.
The Rutube apps were created with Opera TV Snap technology, which transforms online video content into ready-to-run apps fully optimized for Smart TV devices – in no time and at no cost.
Opera TV Snap is the fastest way for video publishers to reach new audiences via the home’s biggest screen. It also enables content owners to monetize their existing video catalogs through Opera’s own ad networks and similar partnerships.
Apps created with Opera TV Snap are distributed through the Opera TV Store, an HTML5-based application platform that gives users a rich selection of entertaining and informative apps.
The Opera TV Store is currently shipped on millions of devices with pay-TV operators and major television, Blu-ray Disc players and set-top-box manufacturers including Sony, TiVo, Samsung, RCA, TCL, Vestel, Amino, Changhong, Humax, Hisense, Konka, Skyworth and more.
“Today, we are witnessing immense growth in the online video market in Russia, driven by the wide adoption of Smart TVs. It’s projected that 10 million Smart TVs will have been sold in Russia by the end of 2014, and this number will grow three-fold in 2017. Bringing Rutube, ivi.ru, Zoomby and Now.ru’s video content to the Opera TV Store is great news for Russian viewers. They will now have a great choice of the best content, which they can get on their TV screens with just a click,” says Daniel Nordberg, Head of Content Acquisition at Opera Software.
If you have an online video channel that’s ready to hit prime time as a TV app, visit opera.com/tvsnap/ and click “Get started”. Add the details of your channel, and your TV app will be generated in less than a minute, ready to submit for moderation.
Opera Software crafts products and services that connect 350 million people to the internet. More than 130 operators around the world choose to work with us to give their customers the best web experience. Our mobile advertising platform enables publishers to monetize their content and allows brands to reach a global audience of more than 800 million consumers. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com, or follow Opera on Facebook, Twitter and blogs.opera.com.
Opera and Opera TV Snap are trademarks of Opera Software ASA. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.