Opera Delivers Custom UI Framework to Phone Makers and Networks
Today Opera announced that it has given handset manufacturers and network operators the new cross-platform user interface framework for Opera Mobile 10. The main thrust of this tool is to let phone makers and sellers offer the same branded experience across their entire device portfolio. They'll be able to customize Opera 10 so that it looks the same and offers the same experience no matter what type of device is running the browse. The framework supports Android, Windows Mobile Symbian S60, BREW, Java, LiMO, Series 40 and other platforms. This release is for manufactures and operators only, which will then push down any changes directly to their customers.
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 Mini for Windows Phone Exits Beta
Opera today said its Opera Mini web browser is now available as a stable release for Windows Phone. The browser had been available as a beta for several months.
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.
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.