Google would like to cement their lead in the search engine market and further increase the lead they have with other competitors such as Yahoo and Bing.
With this goal, Google has been eyeing tie-ups with other browsers, even if they have their own in Google Chrome. Google and Opera have agreed to extend their partnership two more years making Google the default search engine on Opera and its Web browser. They started their alliance last 2009 and the two will be teaming up until August 2014.
According to StatCounter, Opera owns just a small piece of the browser market. Chrome on the other hand is one of the leading browsers out there. So why did Google extend their partnership with Opera?
Some say it’s because Opera still has their loyal clientele and Google wants to have them use their search engine. At the same time, Opera’s mobile browser is still popular in some sectors.
Google has also teamed up with Mozilla Firefox to be the latter’s default search engine. Mozilla Firefox is an open source browser. Mozilla is eyeing an entry in the OS business soon.
Have you tried using Opera on your PC or the Opera Mini on your mobile?
Norwegian company Opera Software ASA announced that they have released their latest browser for mobile apps. The company claims that their latest entrant to the browser world will have faster page rendering and has user interface enhancements.
The latest version of the Opera Mini is now available for download at Opera’s website and as well as the Android Market.
According to the company, Opera Mini 7 comes with OpenGLES hardware acceleration for fast web browsing and a much better panning on websites.
The new browser also has RTL text support in UI (Arabic and Hebrew), Beam support (NFC on Android 4.x) and an optional Exit button.
It also features a much improved Speed Dial buttons on the start page. Users only need to single tap tabs to close them.
Previous versions of the browser only allowed a maximum of nine Speed Dial buttons.
Opera Mini is using the main Opera web browser’s Turbo feature built to increase the speed of web browsing and cut download sizes by rerouting page queries through the company’s proxy server.
Google Chrome Beta, the Android’s only web browser for the Ice Cream Sandwich, is the main rival of the Opera Mini.
Opera Mini can run on Android’s 1.5 or above for installation.