Opera Announces Sponsored Web Pass
Opera Software today announced what it calls Sponsored Web Pass. The system allows people to access the mobile web from their device after agreeing to view an advertisement. Opera says the usage allotments will be easy to understand, such as one hour of usage or one day of usage for viewing select ads. When the sponsored mobile web usage time expires, customers will be given the choice to watch another ad or make a payment to continue browsing or accessing the web. Opera's Sponsored Web Pass is a product for wireless network operators. It will be up to the carriers to decide if and how best to use it.
Opera Overhauls Mini Browser for iOS
Opera Software today released a brand new version of Opera Mini for the iPhone. The light-weight browser has been redesigned from the ground up and now more closely matches the native user interface of iOS 7.
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 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 Debuts VPN for iPhone and iPad
Opera Software today launched a free VPN for iOS devices that allows iPhone and iPad owners to browse the web more securely and access what might be prohibited content when using managed networks. The VPN removes ad trackers for privacy purposes and supports virtual locations (U.S., Canada, Germany, Singapore, and the Netherlands), which should let people get around some region-based restrictions.