Category: Opera News

Subscribers get unlimited access to mobile entertainment

Official Press Release

Moscow – July 21, 2014

MTS Russia subscribers will get unlimited access to games and apps with today’s launch of App Market, following a cooperation between Opera Software and Mobile TeleSystems, the leading telecommunications operator in Russia and CIS.

The App Market store, built on the same technology pioneered by the Opera Mobile Store, offers MTS Russia mobile customers a weekly subscription to more than 3,000 premium games and apps, including popular mobile gaming hits such as Angry Birds Star Wars II, Modern Combat 4, N.O.V.A. 3, Tor 2: Realm of Darkness, Real Soccer 2014, Green Farm 3, GT Racing 2 and many others. New apps will be appearing in the store every week. The App Market service is available at appmarket.mts.ru to all MTS users who use the internet on their Android, BlackBerry or Symbian phones and tablets.

“Our project with Opera Software will allow MTS smartphone users to get the latest and greatest apps at a very favorable price. App Market will be interesting to both mobile gamers and those who would like to further smarten up their smartphones with useful content, be it ebooks, online dictionaries, photo editors or other apps. Affordable access to games and apps is yet another benefit of smartphones and will contribute to further increasing the smartphone penetration rate on the MTS network,” says Vyacheslav Nikonov, B2C Marketing Director, MTS.

“Opera Software has cooperated with MTS for several years, and during that time we have made mobile internet more accessible and faster for MTS customers with our flagship browser Opera Mini. Now, with the launch of the co-branded App Market store, MTS Russia users will get easy access to thousands of mobile games and apps directly from their mobile accounts,” adds Lars Boilesen, CEO, 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 500 million consumers. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

Opera and Opera Mini are trademarks of Opera Software ASA.

Quikr teams up with Idea and Opera as the first advertiser to lower the barriers for Indians to come online

Opera Software Official Press Release

Oslo, Norway and Mumbai, India – July 3, 2014

Idea Cellular, India’s 3rd-largest mobile operator and Opera Software have joined hands with Quikr, India’s largest online mobile classifieds portal to offer sponsored mobile data through Sponsored Web Passes for over 137 million Idea customers in India. The tri-partnership is aimed at enabling more Indians to get online and experience the power of the internet on their mobile phones, the first such initiative in South Asia.

opera-mini-idea-web-pass-quikrA web pass is a great alternative to monthly data plans for consumers who do not require full-time internet access. Opera partnered with Idea earlier this year to bring this innovative solution to Opera Mini users in India. This solution provides affordable internet packages, tailor-made to enable Idea subscribers to enjoy internet access for particular timelines or websites, such as Facebook access for a day or internet access for an hour at just Re. 1. Web passes allow transparent, self-explanatory transactions, along with affordable and controllable pay-as-you-go features.

With Sponsored Web Pass, Idea subscribers will enjoy internet on their mobile phones, sponsored by Quikr. To get sponsored web access, Idea users just need to open Opera Mini and click the “Idea Web Pass” Speed Dial entry, then select the “Free Internet by Quikr (10 MB)” web pass option. From there, users will be able to enjoy 10 MB of sponsored internet access on their mobile phones for an entire day.

Speaking about the association, Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular, says, “Data is going to be the next big game changer in the Indian telecom industry. However, there are certain entry-level barriers that must be overcome for mass adoption. The web pass concept has helped us surpass the barrier of cost and convenience and has led to a spike in the number of data users on our network. Now, with Sponsored Web Pass, we are confident that even more non-data users will come on board and enjoy the amazing world of internet on their mobile phones, while also giving an opportunity to advertisers to gain instant connect with consumers using the mobile platform.”

Sunil Kamath, Vice President for South Asia at Opera Software, says, “At Opera, we are always looking for new ways to break the barriers for internet access and ensure that more and more people get connected to the web. In line with that, we are extremely happy to deploy our first-ever Sponsored Web Pass in South Asia, with Idea and Quikr.

Kamath adds, “This revolutionary tool helps operators expand the reach of mobile internet to many more new users, who might otherwise be wary of spending on data plans. It’s a great avenue for advertisers as well, who gain an extremely positive brand association with millions of consumers through Opera Mini. Consumers love sponsored internet access, which is increasingly becoming a necessity today. Sponsored Web Pass is a win-win for everyone.”

Pranay Chulet, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Quikr.com says, “We are very excited to partner with Opera and Idea for this groundbreaking solution. Today, Indian consumers are increasingly using their mobile phones to reach out to all kinds of products and services. Given Opera Mini’s massive popularity in India, this is a great opportunity for us to connect with new consumers and create mindshare through this new platform of advertising, which directly benefits consumers, as well.”

For more information on the Opera Web Pass solution for operators, visit http://www.operasoftware.com/products/web-pass/.

About IDEA Cellular

IDEA Cellular is India’s 3rd largest national mobile operator, with more than 137 million subscribers. With traffic in excess of 1.75 billion minutes a day, Idea ranks among the Top 10 country operators in the world. Using the latest in technology, Idea provides world-class service delivery through the most extensive network of customer touch points. Idea is listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in India.
IDEA Cellular is an Aditya Birla Group Company, India’s first truly multinational corporation. The Group ranks Number 4 globally and Number 1 in the Asia Pacific in the 2011 Top Companies for Leaders (TCFL) study conducted by Aon Hewitt, Fortune (the Global Business Magazine) and the RBL Group. It operates in 36 countries, and is anchored by more than 136,000 employees belonging to 42 nationalities. More information on Idea Cellular is available at www.ideacellular.com and on the Aditya Birla Group at www.adityabirla.com

About Quikr.com

Quikr India Private Limited operates as a community classifieds Website. The company enables people in the same city to meet, trade, share ideas, and help in various areas, such as household goods, cars and bikes, services, real estate, jobs, and matrimonial. The company was formerly known as Kijiji India Private Limited and changed its name to Quikr India Private Limited in June, 2008. The company was incorporated in 2005 and is based in Mumbai, India. Quikr India Private Limited is a former subsidiary of eBay Inc. More information on www.quikr.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 500 million consumers. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

Opera, Opera Mini and O logo are trademarks of Opera Software ASA. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Official Opera Software Press Release

Oslo, Norway and Dhaka, Bangladesh – July 2, 2014

Opera Software today announced its partnership with Bangladesh’s second largest cellular operator – Banglalink for delivering a special co-branded mobile web browser to its more than 29 million subscribers.

The special co-branded Opera Mini mobile browser will enable Banglalink subscribers to access a rich, fast and data-efficient mobile browser ideally suited for low-cost mobile phones. The special co-branded Opera Mini browser will make it easier for Banglalink voice subscribers to try, activate and regularly use internet services on their handsets. Customers can customize their browsing experience and access favorite internet services such as Facebook or Google search with one click, directly from their home page. Customers will also be able to access the Banglalink online web portal for one-click internet-access purchases directly from Opera Mini’s Speed Dial page.

With this customized version, users will gain access to the football website http://wcc.sports.opera.com/ absolutely free. And, to make the season even more exciting, Opera has also launched a contest offering some of the latest smartphones as prizes to Banglalink users.

Opera Mini is the most popular mobile browser in Bangladesh. It works on mobile handsets of almost all operating systems, ranging from basic phones to the newest smartphones. It features advanced compression technology, which compresses internet usage by up to 90%, resulting in huge cost savings for users. This compression also leads to much faster page-loading times, even in bad network conditions, saving users valuable time.

Commenting on the same, Marketing Director of Banglalink Solaiman Alam says, “We have always endeavored to offer a rich and pleasant experience to our consumers. We are thrilled to bring Opera’s world-class technology to our consumers, which will provide a fast and powerful web experience.”

He further adds, “Bangladesh is in a complete football frenzy right now, so we are happy to offer this special edition of Opera Mini, which will further add to the delight of our users. Opera Mini offers a flexible platform that allows us to customize offers and services based on user interest.”

Sunil Kamath, Vice President for South Asia at Opera Software, says, “At Opera, we are always seeking opportunities to bring the internet closer to people across the globe. Bangladesh is a key market for us, and we are happy to expand our presence in the country through this partnership. We know how much Bangladeshi love football and want to help them make the most of this football season. They will now be able to enjoy their favorite sport online, without worrying about internet costs or the mobile device they are using.”

Banglalink subscribers can simply type “Opera” in an SMS message and send it to 9090 to get the Opera Mini download link via an SMS reply. No SMS charges will be applicable. Alternatively, they can visit m.opera.com to download this customized version of Opera Mini.

Banglalink subscribers will also have the opportunity to win smartphones by participating in the football quiz hosted on http://wcc.sports.opera.com/. This page can also be accessed directly from the Opera Mini Speed Dial.

About Banglalink

Banglalink is the 2nd largest mobile telecom operator in Bangladesh with over 29 million subscribers, and a subsidiary of Netherlands based Vimpelcom ltd. Learn more about Banglalink at http://www.banglalink.com.bd.

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 500 million consumers. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

Opera and Opera Mini are trademarks of Opera Software ASA. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

There’s a new version of Opera for Android, and it’s ready for you to download free now!

Tap and swipe to manage your tabs
With the new Opera for Android, managing your tabs is only a tap away. Now, you can close tabs with a simple gesture – from the tab manager, just swipe up tabs you don’t need. Made a mistake and closed a tab you weren’t supposed to? Don’t worry – now you can also reopen recently-closed tabs by pressing the menu button in the tab UI.

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As you can see in the screenshots above, the menu is at the bottom of the screen. This is more convenient when you use the phone with one hand and is something you can configure yourself by going into settings and set App layout to Classic.

Remember that with Opera for Android, you can choose how your browser looks:

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Resume your downloads
Now, it’s possible to do proper resuming when a download fails or being paused. Have you had problems with downloading large files? We’ve now fixed a recent issue so big downloads no longer fail when using Off-Road mode.

Browse faster by swiping
In this new Opera for Android, you also get a better-looking and better-working overview mode in the Discover feature. We’ve made your Discover experience breezier. After clicking a Discover article, you can just swipe to the right to move on to the next article in that story category.

Security fix
One mobile-specific security issue was fixed in this release. In some cases, Opera could end up showing the wrong URL in the address bar, which would allow spoofing. This issue has now been fixed, and we would like to thank moonflow for reporting the issue to us.

Once you’ve taken the new Opera on your Android phone for a spin, join the discussion and let us know what you think! Download it now for free from Opera Mobile Store.
If you don’t have Google Play on your device, you can download an apk file here.

 

Leading German player brings depth and breadth to end-to-end platform for publishers and advertisers

San Mateo, Calif. and Hamburg

April 30, 2014

Opera Mediaworks, the world’s largest mobile advertising platform, today announced the acquisition of apprupt, a leading mobile advertising company in Germany. The deal will expand Opera Mediaworks’ reach into the German market whilst giving apprupt’s existing client base access to additional capabilities.

Apprupt is a leading mobile advertising specialist in German-speaking markets, reaching more than 22 million mobile users. With a premium publisher portfolio of more than 250 mobile websites and apps, apprupt enables brands and advertising partners to engage with premium audiences on mobile devices through innovative rich media campaigns, as well as performance advertising solutions. Apprupt’s publisher clients include Bauer, IDG and Tomorrow Focus Media as well as Lovoo.

“Germany is an important and fast-growing mobile ad market and is expected to reach $1.8 billion by 2017,” says Mahi de Silva, CEO, Opera Mediaworks. “Integrating apprupt into our platform will help us grow our reach into this important territory, giving our clients even broader global reach for mobile advertising.

“Like Opera Mediaworks, apprupt is a business driven by cutting-edge technology and premium audiences, so they perfectly complement our existing global footprint. Working together, apprupt and Opera Mediaworks will help local advertisers reach a broader global audience whilst also introducing a wide range of new capabilities from rich-media ad formats to programmatic tools for German-speaking markets.”

“Opera Mediaworks’ global business is a reflection of what we’ve built in our home markets – an end-to-end mobile advertising platform that’s focused on great technology and premium mobile audiences,” says Jascha Samadi, CEO, apprupt. “We are excited to become part of Opera Mediaworks’ global platform and help them achieve success in some of the key European territories.”

About apprupt
Apprupt is a leading mobile advertising specialist in German-speaking markets, reaching more than 22 million mobile users. With a premium publisher portfolio of more than 250 mobile websites and apps, apprupt enables brands and advertising partners to engage with premium audiences on mobile devices through innovative rich media campaigns as well as performance advertising solutions. Apprupt’s publisher clients include Bauer, IDG and Tomorrow Focus Media as well as Lovoo.

About Opera Mediaworks
Opera Mediaworks powers the mobile ad economy through technology innovation, transparency and trust, to create vibrant marketplaces for publishers and advertisers across the globe. This enables advertisers to efficiently reach their target audience and publishers to improve their monetization. Opera Mediaworks operates the world’s biggest brand-focused mobile ad network, serving 23 of the 25 top global brands. We also deliver the world’s leading mobile ad server and monetization tools to 17 of the top 25 media companies worldwide. Our mission is to deliver relevance in the medium where it matters most — on mobile devices.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, Opera Mediaworks has offices in New York, United Kingdom, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Russia, Ukraine and Norway. Opera Mediaworks is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Opera Software ASA, which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera Mediaworks at www.operamediaworks.com.