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.
Well, it’s that time of the month again and as you might have guessed from the title, 2013 could be a year of major changes. That’s what Obama has promised, right?
January, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Opera Mini, Android – Down
As the “New Year” passes by, it’s time to take a look at the mobile market share data for January, 2013, which includes one new player: Internet Explorer.
Two weeks after releasing the very first Opera 12.13 snapshot, Norwegian browser maker has just announced the final build of Opera 12.13.
Although it does not bring any mind blowing changes, you will get a new standalone update checker, which is said to improve the overall reliability of the auto update mechanism. In addition to that, Opera 12.13 patches 4 security vulnerabilities, so unless you like holes in your software, it should be a no-brainer download.
No signs of Opera 13 yet.
If you are eager enough to ditch the latest stable build of Opera and play within something fresh instead, the first Opera 12.13 build might be enough to satisfy your hunger.
For better or worse, the very first pre-beta release does not include any drastic changes. On a positive note though, it should be pretty stable.
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.
December, 2012 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera – Up; Firefox, Safari – Down
When you look back, in 2011 a lot of people thought that Internet Explorer was pretty much doomed and that Google Chrome and Firefox will dominate the desktop space for an indefinite amount of time. Well, look how things have change… or did they?