Opera Submits Other People Apps Without Permission

By | February 28, 2012 | 7 Comments


Opera Submits Other People Apps Without Permission

As spotted by Engadget, Handster, the Opera Software owned app store, has decided to go ahead and submit its competitor’s web browser, Dolphin HD, to the BlackBerry’s App World. The worst part?

According to MoboTap, a company behind Dolphin HD, they had no idea that their web browser was available in the BlackBerry’s App World. In addition to that, they never authorized such submission and are currently working to fix the mess, which was caused by Handster.

As stated by MoboTap officials, “We do not condone Handster submitting our Dolphin Browser app to BlackBerry’s App World for us and are currently working to take it down and assure Handster will not submit our app for us again. We will assess developing for BlackBerry when the time is right.”

Who knows why and what else they submitted without permission.

[Thanks, Ichann]


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  • http://hector-macias.blogspot.com Hector Macias Ayala

    I dont Opera anywhere but in the title.

    • Armin

       I was going to say that. Seems to be a fault with the Handster team.

  • Sarjoor

    But since Handster is a division of Opera, it means exactly the same as Opera’s fault.

    Or else it would be even more disastrous and discrediting if the head company were going to say it lost control of their own subdivision.

    • Marcosc

      As someone who used to work for Opera, I can tell you they would never do this kind of thing on purpose. Seems like an f’up by Handster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Grane/100002393996156 David Grane

    Nice article thank you for sharing. This is fault of Handster team.

  • Anonymous

    What mess was caused by Handster?

    Looks like Dolphin signed up for the Handster store:

    http://www.handster.com/dolphin_browser_hd.html

    And the update at Engadget:

    “By the Handster standard distribution agreement, we can distribute apps via our main store and our partner network. Most of the developers use this agreement.”

    So Dolphin chose this agreement and forgot?

  • Sirnh1

    According to linked Engadget article: (http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/25/is-your-android-app-on-blackberry-app-world-without-you-knowing/ )
    “By the Handster standard distribution agreement, we can distribute apps via our main store and our partner network. Most of the developers use this agreement. Handster serves as hub, where you can publish app and cover multiple channels. As a result, developers generate higher revenue and more downloads for their products. Before publishing any app to new partner channel, we sent notification email to all developers, with information about the partnership. Except notification email, there is usually prior press release and about the coming partnership.”

    Sounds like opera has nothing to do with this. Just the Dolphin HD creators who obviously didn’t care to read what the ‘distribution agreement’ that they agreed with actually said… So it seems it’s their own fault