Category: Opera Software

Google and Opera in Partnership (Mobile)

By | February 27, 2008 | 3 Comments

Google, OperaGoogle was and still is a default search engine in Opera web browser for about 7 years. Today Opera Software announced that since March 1, 2008, Google will be set as a default search engine in their mobile products as well, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile.
Before Google and Opera mobile search partnership, default search engine was set to Yahoo! Search and some time ago Google was removed at all. Continue Reading

Opera Browser – 12 Year History (Video)

By | February 6, 2008 | 0 Comments

Haven’t seen some good videos regarding web browsers long time ago. This one is just great.

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Opera 9.5 Mobile Soon to Be Released

By | February 5, 2008 | 2 Comments

Opera Mobile 9.5Do you have a smartphone? There’s some news for you today. Opera Software today announced that they will be demonstrating Opera Mobile 9.5 at Mobile World Congress 2008 (February 11-14, Barcelona). There is also a video called “Opera Mobile 9.5 Guided Tour” which tells more about new Opera Mobile 9.5 features and demonstrates them. The following video also features a funny speed comparison test: “Opera Mobile 9.5 vs. Internet Explorer Mobile”. And now… Features.

So what’s new? Continue Reading

Opera Mini 4 Hits One Million Downloads in 10 Days

By | November 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

It looks like Opera Mini 4 release was really successful. This mobile web browser, which was released just about two weeks ago already reached one million downloads in a 10 days period.

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Opera Renews Its Deal With Google

By | October 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

Opera, Google DealGoogle is default search engine integrated to the Opera desktop browser and will stay there for at least 2 years (that’s then this deal expires) or more.

That means profit for both, Google and Opera.

Google pays ~80% (77% in Q3) of each click value to its publishers. Not really sure about Opera, but that should be more than 80% I guess.

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Opera’s Product Launch Gone Wild?

By | October 12, 2007 | 7 Comments

This is kinda interesting… Anyone knows more details?

From Opera’s press release:

Opera today released details of its rumored product launch party, to be held at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, California on October 25, 2007. What will be unveiled remains a mystery, but helping Opera with the unveiling will be two of the hottest indie bands in the United States: The 88 and The Binges. A limited number of spots on the guest list are available absolutely free. Visit rock.opera.com to learn how you can get the chance to rock out with The 88, The Binges and Opera.

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Firefox Mobile vs. Opera Mobile

By | October 11, 2007 | 3 Comments

Firefox Mobile vs. Opera MobileYou might think that it’s too early to write topics like “Firefox Mobile vs. Opera Mobile” (but it’s not), I bet there would be pretty much of them really soon.

We don’t have many details about Firefox Mobile, however, I think that Opera’s Mobile team should be worried already, not because of the features but because Firefox Mobile will be free open-source mobile web browser while Opera Mobile isn’t free or either an open source product.

Lets’ check finances. Opera Mobile makes good money for the Opera Software. How will it affect Opera’s earnings after Firefox Mobile release? No one knows yet.

Opera Software already made a mistake once; Opera was a paid browser some time ago, later they have decided to make it free, “bit too late” I would say. As a result, Opera’s market share is still very low; some still thinks that Opera is a paid browser. What about Opera Mobile? Will they make it free as Firefox Mobile is coming? Or will they wait till Firefox Mobile is being released so could see if it’s a “real” competitor or not? Let’s sit and wait.

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Sony In The Partnership With Opera Software

By | August 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

BusinessOr Opera Software in the partnership with Sony? Sony Electronics made a deal with Opera Software and chose to use Opera browser for their new BRAVIA Internet Video Link. With this BRAVIA Internet Video Link (currently available in the USA only) you can watch internet video from various providers and as Sony says itself: “It’s like extra channels for your new HDTV.”

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Web Browsers Finances – Opera Software 2007 Q2 Results

By | August 27, 2007 | 9 Comments

OperaGood afternoon everyone. Few months ago I’ve started to monitor web browsers market share growth. Today I am thinking about something new again.

Oh yes, we all love graphs and various numbers (I love them). So since we are monitoring browsers market share already, what else can we monitor? Finances.

Opera Software today released their “Second Quarter 2007 Report” which includes some very interesting information. Here are some pictures (had to modify them a bit to make them fit in this blog).

Opera Software 2007 Q2

Opera Software 2007 Q2 Results

As you can see Opera Software managed to increase almost everything (expect stock options costs), from revenues to employees.

Here are some more interesting information:

Opera Mini 2007 Q2

Soon to hit one billion per month. Congratulations to Opera Mini team.

Opera Software also provided their goals in 2007. Here are they:

Opera Software 2007 Q2
Note: This does NOT constitute financial guidance.

Do you think they can complete all of them?

The only thing which made me wonder a bit was their “Working with global leaders” page.

Opera Software 2007 Quarter 2 Results

Don’t you miss anything?

Yahoo

I went to their partners page and haven’t found “Yahoo!” there as well. Aren’t they in some kind of partnership? Have they just forgot to add this web giant?

Second Quarter 2007 Report.

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An Interview With Opera’s CEO, Jon von Tetzchner

By | August 20, 2007 | 4 Comments

The Register recently published an interview with Jon von Tetzchner and there are some very interesting questions and answers as well.

Andrew Brown, a big fan of Opera, wrote that he chose to move to FireFox because it was more compatible with new websites, partly citing Flickr compatibility. Do you feel you’re falling behind?


It’s a chicken and egg situation, which means we need to get more users.

I don’t want to agree with that. It’s not all about users. Of course, big market share helps a lot but let’s see the following situation:
Let’s say 1000 potential users decides to download Opera and surf their favorite sites, some of them found them incompatible with Opera. What they do? They are switching back. So you get more users for a week or so but then lose some of them due incompatibility with their favorite sites. Of course, market share still grows, but very slowly. As posted in 2007 July Browsers Market Share Results, Opera lost 0.02% of their market share that time. I tend to believe that decrease was not due the fact that users didn’t like Opera’s interface or features, but due incompatibility.

Opera can’t grow so fast due incompatibility with some sites.
Incompatible sites are incompatible due low Opera’s market share.
Paradox?

If Opera would get 20% of the market share in one night, this would help for sure. But that won’t happen.
So it’s up to Opera Software.

Another interesting answer was:

We just try to focus on our side. We’ve always focused on a somewhat richer interface. We’ve had a lot of negative comments ourselves over the years; for example, when we introduced tabbed browsing a lot of people said it doesn’t make sense. We’ve introduced things like zooming, mouse gestures and the like – and we find they find their way into other browsers; tabs found their way into IE7. We are being copied, but we would like to focus on features and giving users a good experience.

It’s fantastic that Opera is being copied, that means they are doing very good job in providing users best web experience, but how long can it happen? How long can you brainstorm and add new features without seeing rapid Opera’s market share growth while competitors with those new features becoming stronger (more popular). Why It’s Not Enough To Have All The Greatest Features?

Read an interview.