Opera Buys Skyfire for Video Compression Tech
Opera Software today announced that it has purchased rival browser-maker Skyfire in a cash and stock transaction totaling about $155 million. Skyfire markets its own mobile browser to smartphone platforms in addition to services for network operators. Its key product is video compression technology that reduces the amount of bandwidth consumed by video as it passes through wireless networks. Skyfire's Rocket Optimizer (which is what it calls its compression product) offers wireless network operators a 60% boost in capacity when delivering video. Rocket Optimizer can detect when end users are experiencing poor video quality and intervene almost instantaneously to make improvements. Skyfire also offers a mobile browser extension and toolbar platform it calls Skyfire Horizon that lets end users customize their browsers. Opera Software recently announced that it would transition its Opera web browser away from its own Presto rendering engine to that of WebKit, which is more widely used. Opera expects to close the Skyfire acquisition by March 15.
Opera Mini for Android Adds Video Boost
Opera today updated its Opera Mini browser for Android devices and added video compression to improve playback and reduce data usage. Opera says the Video Boost tool should cut down buffering times and provide smoother performance on mobile devices when streaming video over cellular networks.
Opera Brings Mini Browser to Windows Phone
Opera today released a beta version of its Opera Mini browser for the Windows platform. Opera Mini for Windows offers many of the app's core features, such as Speed Dial for favorites and easy-to-navigate tabs.
Opera Hopes New Android Browser Will Push Growth
Opera Software today announced a wholly refreshed version of Opera Mini for Android devices. Opera gave the browser a new user interface based on Material Design, which lends the browser a more native look and feel to Android devices.
Opera Boosts Coast Browser for iOS
Opera Software today made an updated version of its Coast browser available to Apple's iOS devices, including the iPhone. The primary new feature is Opera's video boost technology, which uses Opera's Rocket Optimizer engine to smooth out video playback.