Opera Launches Mobile App Store within Its Browsers
Opera Software today launched the Opera Mobile Store, which is available from its Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers in over 200 countries. The storefront, which is run by Appia, offers both free and paid applications to a number of device platforms, including the Java, Symbian, BlackBerry and Android operating systems. The store is able to detect device type and in which country the device is being used, and offers content with those parameters in mind. Users can pay for applications with a credit card or direct carrier billing (if supported). Applications are downloaded through the browser to the device's native file system. The Opera Mobile Store is accessible from a Speed Dial link that will automatically appear in Opera's browsers (no update necessary). Opera has also made the Opera Publishing Portal available to developers, which can be used to help them better target devices running Opera's browsers.
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 Mini for Android Puts the Kibosh On Ads
Opera today released a new version of its Opera Mini browser for Android and gave it a native ad blocker. Opera claims the ad blocker serves two purposes: 1.
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.