Category: Opera Software
Acquisition rumors reemerge
With not so recent rumors about the upcoming Opera acquisition by Facebook (or possibly other companies), Opera Software has just announced that they will be spinning off their ad business into a separate entity: Opera Mediaworks, which, according to them, is now the largest mobile advertising network in the world.
However, while the spinoff itself is not exactly news worthy, ZDNet notes that Opera Software is now a much easier sell because a third party company can acquire its browser business without touching mobile advertising unit or vice versa.
Veterans say that “Opera hasn’t been the same since founder Jon S von Tetzchner left”.
So I guess this is it? After almost 20 years, Opera is moving away from their in-house rendering engine. And just to confirm what was already a well-known fact, Norwegian browser maker has begun firing core employees, including veterans like Yngve Pettersen, André Shultz and Lasse Magnussen.
Opera’s biggest purchase yet?
Skyfire Labs, a company that raised $23 million just over a year ago, has been acquired by Opera Software in a deal said to be worth up to $155 million in both cash and stock. This includes an upfront payment of $50 million and performance based payments over the next 3 years.
While it’s been a while since we heard about Skyfire’s web browser, it looks like this wasn’t the only driving force behind the acquisition.
Should have done that years ago.
After revealing Opera Ice, a WebKit based mobile web browser for Android and iOS, Opera Software today announced its plans migrate “most” of its upcoming browsers for smartphones and PC’s.
Android and iOS only.
Now here is something you won’t see every single day. In an effort to stay relevant in the mobile space, it looks like Opera is open to all kinds of crazy ideas and one of them was just revealed. As learned by Pocket-lint, Norwegian browser maker has dropped their own rendering engine (codenamed Presto), which powers a wide range of products (Opera Mobile, Opera Desktop, Opera Mini, Opera Wii Browser and their TV Web Browser), in favor of WebKit, which since became a standard among developers.
Devices SDK as well.
To kick off the CES 2013, Opera Software has revealed a new TV app store and framework, allowing users to enjoy a great new selection of HTML5 apps. In an effort to integrate web with TV, Opera has also included a new side by side feature, which enables you to use apps in the context of what you are watching.
For Windows Phone, Android and iOS (limited functionality).
Now here is something interesting to kickstart your day. In Russia, a country where Opera is especially loved, Norwegian company is launching an unlimited music service.
Priced at 150 rubles per month ($4.75), Windows Phone and Android users will be able to stream and download music from a selection of over 2 million tracks (Russian and non-Russian) while the iPhone and iPad users will be limited to streaming service only. Why? Limited iOS functionality and restrictions are blamed.