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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.

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.

Nokia X!  Starting with a big story close to home, today is the launch of the Nokia X product series!    Per Nokia’s February 24th press-release, “Today at Mobile World Congress, Nokia underscored its commitment to connecting the next billion to the Internet by releasing five new affordable handsets, including Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android(TM) apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences.”

  • Nokia X  — 89 Euros rolling out immediately
  • Nokia X+  — 99 Euros (early 2nd Quarter, 2014)
  • Nokia XL  — 109 Euros (early 2nd Quarter, 2014)

The Nokia X series will come with Opera Mini pre-installed.   The affordability of the Nokia X starting at 89 Euros matches perfectly with the data compression provided by Opera Mini.  The low barrier of entry coupled with less expensive usage fits to Nokia’s target markets spanning Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. more