After a couple of months of negotiations, it looks like both companies have finally agreed to the terms and have since signed the search partner agreement.
As a part of the contract, Google will be a default search provider for both Opera’s desktop and mobile web browsers.
Thankfully, the contract will expire in less than two years rather than months, on 01.08.2014.
Wants more flexibility, a support for legacy devices.
Even though Google has proposed their own version of the WebRTC standard, it looks like the software giant has different ideas for the real time communication and they call it “Customizable, Ubiquitous Real Time Communication over the Web” or CU-RTC-Web.
So how exactly does it differ?
Chrome Experiments, a site that flourishes creative coding, has launched a new version made specifically for the handheld devices.
As reported earlier, Google has bypassed the cookie settings in both Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browsers. Thankfully, it wasn’t left unnoticed by the Federal Trade Commission.
Is it really that much better?
Thankfully, we have found a neat presentation made by Will Chan and Roberto Peon and to be fair, results surprised us, in a good way, of course.
SPDY vs. HTTP
Just when Facebook decided to replace Google Chrome and recommend Opera instead, it looks like Blogger did the opposite.
As first noticed by Bob Leggitt on June 27th, not only have they ditched the support for Opera but will also keep you asking to download Google Chrome over and over again. Ed Bott, one of the ZDNet editors has summed it up like this, “This is how monopolies work. If you use Opera to create or edit posts on Google’s Blogger network, you’ll see a nagging message. And you’ll keep seeing those nags until you switch to Chrome.”
Other browsers hide in shame.
As the Google I/O conference continues, the search giant has revealed some interesting stats regarding its Google Chrome web browser.
As it turns out, it now has:
- 310 million active users as they grew almost 100% over last year
- Google Chrome processes over 1 TB of data every day
- Users type 60 billion words daily
- … and lastly, thanks to its superior rendering engine, it saved a total of 13 years of time
When it comes to the search engine agreements, web browser makers tend to extend their partnerships for at least a year or two. For instance, back in 2011, Opera Software has renewed their deal with Google for another year while Mozilla has recently signed a 3 year old contract.
Why are we telling you all this? Well, we have just received a letter from Opera’s Investor Relations group and it’s quite an interesting one.
More fuel to the rumor’s fire.
It looks like Facebook management decided not to bother with the Google Chrome anymore as their latest “unsupported web browsers” page has since then removed the search giant’s web browser.
Just slightly more than a week ago, Mozilla and Google have accused Microsoft of using unfair practices to block competitive browsers on their Windows 8 RT platform, now, it looks like things did not get unnoticed.
Recently, the US Senate Judiciary Committee has announced that they will investigate allegations of the anti-competitive behavior by Microsoft. In addition to that, the European Commission will be joining the party as well.