Opera has announced this week its new mobile browser called the Opera Touch. The move of the company to release a browser is indicative of tough competition in mobile world. The company’s Opera Touch was inspired from the Opera Neon desktop browser and packages.
What is Opera Touch?
“Today, we are introducing a new type of web experience,” said Krystian Kolondra, EVP and Head of Opera Browsers, “one where you can have a continuous flow of your content across all your devices.’’
According to the company, the Opera Touch was developed from scratch to fit the users’ experience while using the web. Opera said that “the new browser connects seamlessly connects with the updated Opera PC browser without the need of establishing a password or login.”
In case you don’t know, Opera has actually released two new products—the Opera Touch and a new version of the Opera browser for computers.
“We have moved the browser’s key functions within your thumb’s reach,” said Maciej Kocemba, product manager at Opera, in today’s announcement.
“This means that, unlike in most other browsers, you can more easily browse and search the web when on the move,” she said.
Meanwhile, Opera Touch supports the search and allows you to scan QR and barcodes. The company said that these “smart additions” help web users’ search make the browser useful on the go.
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?
There has been a rumour circulating today that Facebook is thinking of buying the Opera web browser. And even the rumour was enough to create buzz around social media.
Pocket-Lint’s trusted source reports that Facebook is looking to expand, with the launching of its own web browser, through the acquisition of Opera Software. According to The Next Web, Opera Software declined to officially comment on the news, although the website’s research indicates that they are discussing with potential buyers. It is as if something big is going to happen.
After buying Instagram last month and launching Facebook Camera yesterday, what else should we expect from Facebook? A possible acquisition of Opera means that they are planning to launch their unique web browser, thus create much more chances of profit. Regardless of their recent IPO news, such a move would make Google feel threatened even more by Facebook, since it would compete with Google Chrome directly, a browser that was a big success. Although it might just be a rumour, it still shakes the Internet, even with the thought of a unique Facebook web browser.
Can you imagine how this could change Facebook’s (and Internet’s) future?
According to a report from Net Applications, an Internet analytics firm, Google Chrome has taken Apple Safari’s position as the world’s third most popular Web browser.
Despite being just over a year old, the Google web browser’s usage grew from 3.93 percent in November 2009 to 4.63 in December of the same year. Safari’s share of browser usage on the other hand, only increased by .10 percent; from 4.36 in November to 4.36 in December.
On the top three however, the names aren’t changing.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still holds the top spot with a market share of 62.69 percent in December. Let us take note however, that this number isn’t IE’s highest share. In fact, the numbers are slowly declining from a little less than 70 percent in February of 2009 then 63.62 in November of the same year.
Mozilla’s Firefox however, still can’t beat IE despite the latter’s decreasing share. Firefox holds 24.61 percent share in browser usage, securing its place as the second most popular browser.
Opera completes the top five browsers with a market share of 2.40 in December of 2009.
That is, according to the web browser speed test conducted by PC World.
Google Chrome, Firefox 3.5, Explorer 8, Safari 4 and Opera 10 Beta – all latest versions of their kind – were pitted against each other in a battle of the page-loading supremacy. J
Chrome outshone the other four with an average page-loading time of 1.6999 seconds. The next contender, Firefox 3.5 however, wasn’t that far behind with an average page-loading time of 1.762. According to PC World, for the most part, the difference between Chrome and Firefox’s page-loading times is approximately two-tenths of a second.
Winning the third and fourth places are Internet Explorer 8 and Safari 4, which both did a decent job in loading pages. IE 8 had an average page-loading time of 1.833 seconds while Safari 4 has 1.964 seconds of average page-loading time.
Opera 10 Beta was last, which according to PC Word’s results, had come in “roughly a half second behind its nearest competitor.”
Hmmmn, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not sure if I’d notice two-tenths or whatever-tenths of a second’s difference in page-loading, so I guess let’s trust these guys with numbers. 😉