Category: Opera News

Original Press Release

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.

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.

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More than 130,000 videos arrive on the Opera TV Store application platform

End-to-end solution for content owners and publishers

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.

Publish your app

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.

About Opera Software ASA

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.

Opera renews partnership to preinstall Opera Mini on all upcoming Micromax Android devices

Original Press Release

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.

50 devices already available

The two companies joined forces last year and to date Opera Mini has been preinstalled on over 50 models of Android smartphones and tablets shipped by Micromax. This partnership has enabled millions of Micromax users to enjoy the benefits of browsing the internet with Opera Mini.

Reasons to preinstall Opera Mini

Opera Mini is popularly known to deliver a smart, more social web experience at high speeds. It offers features such as Smart Page notifications, Speed Dial website shortcuts, download manager, password manager, visual tabs, saved webpages for offline viewing and a share feature – all creating a smooth and fun browsing experience. Opera Mini compresses webpages to as little as 10% of their original size before sending them to the handset; as a result, content is delivered faster, and users save on data costs. Consumers can monitor their data savings via Data Usage menu in the browser. By preinstalling, Micromax can make sure that its users get a smooth web experience from the devices.

Opera Mini on 50 Micromax Android devices

 

A Micromax spokesperson comments, “Smartphones have paved the way for a more connected world, with internet being one of the game-changers in the handset industry. At Micromax, we have always strived to democratize technology for the masses through our innovative product portfolio, service offerings and smart partnerships. Through this collaboration with Opera Software, we are empowering our users with a seamless and faster web browsing experience, giving them an unmatched user interface on their smartphones.”

Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software, says, “This partnership has helped us reach out to millions of people whose primary source of web consumption is through mobile devices. With Micromax becoming the #1 handset manufacturer in India, there is a huge opportunity for us to equip a wide audience with the power of the web.”

Opera Mini is also available as a free download from m.opera.com, or users can download it for their Android smartphones from Google Play.

About Micromax

Micromax Informatics Limited is one of the leading consumer electronics company in India and the 10th largest mobile phone player in the world (Counterpoint Research). Over the past 5 years, Micromax has pioneered the democratization of technology for masses by offering affordable innovations through their product offerings and removing barriers for large scale adoption of advanced technologies. Micromax is currently the 2nd largest smartphone company in India with a market share of 17.5 percent in Q1 of 2014 (CyberMedia Research). The brand’s product portfolio embraces more than 60 models today, ranging from feature rich, dual – SIM phones, 3G Android smartphones, tablets, LED televisions and data cards.

The company also has many firsts to its credit when it comes to the mobile handset market including the 30-day battery backup, dual SIM phones, QWERTY keypads, universal remote control mobile phones, first quad-core budget smart phone etc. The company has its operations across Russia and SAARC markets. Micromax sells more than 3 million Mobility Devices every month, with a presence in more than 560 districts through 1,50,000 retail outlets in India. With presence across India and global presence in Russia and SAARC markets, the Indian brand is reaching out to the global frontier with innovative products that challenge the status quo that Innovation comes with a price. For more information, please visit www.micromaxinfo.com

About Opera Software ASA

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 Mini are trademarks of Opera Software ASA.

Opera Max data-savings app to be embedded into MediaTek’s LTE System on Chips

Original Press Release

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.

Opera Max

Opera Software has leveraged its market-leading video and data compression technology in Opera Max, which compresses video, photos and text across most apps and browsers on a smartphone by up to 50%, extending the life of a user’s data plans at no cost. The app also enables videos to start faster and take far less time buffering.

Users can easily monitor and manage the mobile data consumption of each app from Opera Max’s intuitive dashboard, which also reminds users when they are travelling away from their carrier’s network, so users can adjust their connectivity settings accordingly to avoid paying expensive roaming fees.

“This partnership validates MediaTek’s commitment to developing powerful and affordable chipsets to help manufacturers spur smartphone adoption in the Super-mid market – a new market structure comprising an unprecedented volume of premium mid-range devices worldwide. We want consumers to fully enjoy the 4G LTE multimedia experience while minimizing data costs associated with powerful smartphones,” said Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit.

“As mobile consumption grows with new data-hungry apps and mobile videos, compressing mobile data is more important than ever,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “Opera has been a leader in mobile data compression for almost a decade, bringing millions of people online by lowering the barriers for accessing and enjoying the web. Today, we work with MediaTek, a market leader in cutting-edge system on chips for wireless communications, bringing Opera Max to their LTE chipsets and preparing smartphones for the next wave of data usage. Together, we are pushing the envelope for the entire mobile industry.”

MediaTek’s MT6752 is a 64-bit True Octa-core LTE SoC with eight 2.0GHz ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs and a Mali-T760 GPU – powerful enough to satisfy even the most demanding power-users. MT6732 is a 64-bit quad-core LTE SoC also based on ARM’s Cortex-A53 CPUs. Both target the emerging Super-mid market where consumers are seeking high-performance smart devices at an affordable price.

To learn more information of Opera Max for OEMs, please go to http://www.operasoftware.com/products/opera-max-oems

About MediaTek Inc.

MediaTek is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company, and a market leader in cutting-edge systems on chip for wireless communications and connectivity, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. MediaTek created the world’s first True Octa-core™ smartphone platform with LTE and our CorePilot™ technology releasing the full power of multi-core mobile processors. Through MediaTek Labs™, the company is creating a worldwide ecosystem in support of device creation, application development and services based around MediaTek offerings. With an emphasis on enabling technology for the masses and not the chosen, everyone can be an Everyday Genius. MediaTek [TSE:2454] is headquartered in Taiwan and has offices worldwide. Please visit www.mediatek.com for more information.

About Opera Software ASA

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 Max are trademarks of Opera Software ASA.

Original Press Release

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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Original Press Release

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.

Opera Mini users on Java-based phones saved an average of 81% in mobile data each month, while smartphone users saved about 69%, the report reveals. Among smartphone users, those on Android phones clocked an average of 68.5% savings per month, while iOS users saved about 62%.

The report is based on aggregated information obtained from the Opera Mini servers.

Opera Mini is compatible with over 3000 mobile devices, ranging from basic Java phones to the latest Android and iOS smartphones. This makes it highly popular in the Indian mobile market, which has a healthy mix of consumers using a large variety of handsets. India is also home to the largest number of Opera Mini users in the world.

Opera Mini data compression

These substantial savings were achieved thanks to Opera Mini’s advanced compression technology, which shrinks webpages down to as little as 10% of their original size, reducing data consumption by up to 90%. The data compression also helps render webpages faster, even while roaming, or in places with poor network conditions, making Opera Mini a great companion while on the go.

Small savings add up to big money

Investing in good technology helps users save money. In the case of Opera Mini, the technology is simply free. Users of the browsing app need only do what they do every day – surf the web with their mobile phones – and Opera Mini will save them money.

Daily savings can add up in the long run. The 2.1 billion rupees that Opera Mini users in India saved over just half the year could be used for:

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“We understand how precious mobile data is for Indian consumers, and that’s why our servers work very hard to shrink every bit of data possible for Opera Mini users. It’s indeed gratifying to see that this translates into such gigantic savings for our Indian users. This is, however, only the tip of the iceberg. We are confident Opera Mini can help Indians save billions more”, says Sunil Kamath, Vice President for Southern Asia at Opera Software.

About Opera Software ASA

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 Mini are trademarks of Opera Software ASA.