Opera to Turbo-Charge Mobile Browsing
Today Opera Software announced a new product that is meant to reduce data congestion and speed up browsing from the desktop as well as the mobile phone. According to Opera, Turbo is meant for network operators and handset manufacturers to deploy, it is not something that will be downloaded by end users. It uses Opera's latest compression techniques and server-side optimization solutions to reduce the size of web sites without transcoding them. It will support web technologies such as Ajax and Flash. Opera says that Turbo will work across Opera Desktop, Opera Mobile and Opera Devices SDK, and will result in improved browsing speeds even for entry-level handsets. The reduction in web site size will lead to less congestion on networks, and reduce wireless data charges.
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 Ad Blocker Now Available to Android, iOS, Windows
Opera updated several of its mobile browsers today, bringing its ad blocking tool to Android, iOS, and Windows handsets. First, Opera refreshed its main Opera browser for Android.
Opera Lets Android Users Select Compression Mode
Opera Software's latest version of Opera Mini for the Android platform allows owners to choose from two different compression settings. The updated app includes high-compression mode, which squeezes data but leaves web page formatting intact.
Opera Boosts WiFi Performance of Opera Max
Opera today updated its Opera Max tool for Android devices with improved performance when surfing via WiFi. Opera Max is a data-management app meant to help users control how much wireless data they use.
Opera to Sell Browser Business to Chinese Firms for $600M
Opera Software today scrapped plans to sell its entire business to a consortium of Chinese companies and will instead sell to them its consumer browser business. The original deal, valued at $1.2 billion, would have seen a handful of China-based investment firms take over all of Opera's businesses.