Now here’s a pretty unexpected move.
Recently, Opera Software and Microsoft have announced a new partnership where Opera will become the default web browser on the software giant’s latest Android phone family: Nokia X.
“Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box.”
The deal is expected to close in Q3 2014.
Today, Opera Software has announced the acquisition of AdColony, the mobile video advertising platform for a total of $75 million and potential earn out payments of up to $275 million so the total transaction value might be as high as $350 million over the next 2 years.
The deal is set to strengthen Opera’s mobile advertising business with a combined audience reach of 700 million consumers.
Now with Pepper Flash.
Good news, a new Developer Preview release has just hit the channel and is now available for you to download.
One of the most important changes in this build is the inclusion of the Pepper Flash, a much more stable version of Flash where each plugin is sandboxed. For it to work though you will have to download the new Adobe Flash Beta.
Here comes a pretty nice update for all your Opera users out there.
With today’s release, Norwegian browser maker has included a couple of new features, such as:
- Improved Tab Management: You can now close tabs by simply swiping them up or restore them by pressing the menu button in the tab UI.
- Better File Download: Finally, users will be able to resume paused or failed downloads.
- Discovery Mode Tweaks: Now you can use swipe right and move to the next article.
May, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera – Up; Google Chrome, Firefox – Down
Time to do the desktop.
Recovering from a short downtrend, Internet Explorer is up again, this time by 0.29 point, from 57.88% to 58.17%.
May, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Android Browser, Internet Explorer – Down
As always, we start with the market leader: Safari, this time its market share has decreased by 3.05 points, from 51.77% to 48.72%.
Next is Android Browser, which too experienced a drop in the numbers, from 22.56% to 21.87% (0.69 point decrease).
Silent mode for everything.
Recently, Opera followed other browsers and revealed a new build, which would automatically update your software to the latest version. Now, it looks like Norwegian browser maker has decided to go an extra mile and silence even more tasks, starting with the latest Developer build (23.0.1522.0), Opera will now scan your PC for other web browser installations / profiles and silently import all data (on the first run) without your permission, including: passwords, cookies, history and bookmarks.
With new themes and minor fixes.
Following a bunch of releases from Google, here comes one from Opera, which is the final version of Opera 22.
So what exactly is new in this build?
Themes: Guys at Opera have introduced five fresh new themes that can be accessed through Themes section, you can now also right click on any image and use it as a theme as well.
Silent Updates: Following other web browsers, Opera will now update automatically and do so without nagging the user.
China not included.
Now here’s a quick shout out for you: today guys at Opera are opening 20,000 Opera Max slots and are allowing you to test the software even if it’s not officially available in your country.
A pretty interesting developer preview update has been released today by Opera, which is now sitting at the version 23, and here‘s what new:
A new Heart menu has been introduced, which will now take two instead of one click to add your favorite pages to Stash, although you can also add them to Speed Dial or bookmarks bar (no sight of bookmarks yet).