25 years ago, the concept of the World Wide Web was proposed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at CERN. The Web has played a vital role in bringing people closer together, for people to collaborate, communicate and innovate faster than ever before.
Never before did we have so much information readily available as now. People can talk to their colleagues, friends or family through video conferencing. Being lost in a city is a thing of the past thanks to online maps. We can reconnect with old friends, share pictures, videos and thoughts about our lives with incredible ease thanks to social networking. The Web has even played a role in major revolutions all across the world. I humbly submit that Opera as a company would not exist if it were not for the Web.
At the same time, being of the major web browsers of the world, Opera has been making the Web better and will always be committed to it. We’ve been one of the most vocal proponents of open web standards and work with various standards bodies like the W3C to further strengthen the Web everyday. Opera has also been the leading company to bring the web to many different devices, much before it was mainstream. We saw the potential of of the Web on mobile as far back as 2004, when we created Opera Mini (which was then a pilot project) – which now connects hundreds of millions of people to the Web everyday, quite some of whom who would not able to use the Web by any other means.
Opera, through it’s various products, has also taken the Web to TVs, set-top boxes, blu-ray players, portable gaming consoles, and many more devices. We’re constantly looking to push the Web as a platform and to bring it to as many people as possible. Our commitment to internet.org further strengthens our resolve to bring the Web to everyone.
I think it’s safe to say that the Web has been one of the greatest forces of change and good in the history of humanity – and it’s only been 25 years. To everyone who has ever been online – Thank you for playing your own unique part in this amazing story called the World Wide Web. Let’s imagine what it will be in the next 25, and beyond!
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We have good news for all mobile phone users on Java and BlackBerry OS.
Today, we launched Opera Mini 8 with the 2 most awaited features our users have been asking for: private mode and night mode.
Private mode: Want to keep your browsing history a secret? Or you need to lend your mobile to a friend for checking Facebook? Opera Mini 8 now supports private tabs that don’t save information once the open tab is closed. It is now possible to browse without leaving any trace of the websites you visit.
Night mode: Browsing the web on a bright mobile screen at night can feel a bit like looking into the sun. Opera Mini 8 includes a night mode that dims the effects of an ouch-that’s-bright screen. If you are in a dark environment, you can dim the screen so that it does not light up the entire room.
Almost 58% of Opera Mini’s users in India are on basic phones. It is important to us to give all these users the best browsing experience. In addition to these new features, Opera Mini 8 comes packed with up to 90% data compression, the popular Speed Dial, download manager, password manager and Facebook integration on the browser homepage.
Download Opera Mini 8 for free by visiting m.opera.com with your existing web browser.
You have shown us your love for Opera Mini by using it on all kinds of phones. Now we have taken one more step to come closer to you with Opera Mini updates – by starting an official account on LINE, a fun communications app.
We will share tips and tricks on how to get the best out of your Opera Mini browser and keep you informed about the latest updates.
If you are not already on LINE you can download it from here. Once you are in, look out for ‘Opera Mini India’ in the official accounts section and add us.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Don’t we all love this latest “No Ullu Banaoing” ad from IDEA running across TV channels? Being able to access the web from your mobile phone is a boon indeed!
While millions of Indians are already accessing the mobile internet, there are millions more who are extremely cautious about consuming data from their mobile phones. One of the biggest barriers they face is often a confusing, multi-step, time-consuming and error-prone process of subscribing to a data plan.
Well, all IDEA Cellular users are in for a treat. Today, we’re launching Idea Web Pass packages, which can be purchased from within the Opera Mini browser. You can now purchase customized and easy-to-understand mobile internet packages to suit your personal internet-access needs.
Here is a quick guide:
- The web pass options are available for all prepaid and postpaid users on the IDEA network.
- You can download Opera Mini from any of the popular app stores or by visiting m.opera.com from your phone.
- Then, just start Opera Mini on your mobile phone, click “Idea Web Pass” on the Speed Dial page and choose from a list of web pass subscriptions.
- Here are the packages which are launching today:
- Daily Internet Pass for Rs 8
- Weekly Facebook Pass for Rs 7
- Weekly Internet Pass for Rs 30
We wish happy surfing to all IDEA users.
Browse the web, share pictures, be social, read email and do even more on the web with Idea Web Pass.
Hi there! The Opera India blog has moved to a new platform. See this post for more information about the switch. The platform switch also means we have an all new, sleeker design for the blog.
So go ahead and bookmark this blog or add it to your speed dial. If RSS is your thing then add this URL to your feed reader.
Here’s to sharing more of Opera in India and to hearing more from you too.
Over the past year, the Opera Mobile Store daily visitors has grown from 1 million to 2.6 million. It ranks as the fifth largest mobile store in the world.
Opera Mobile Store has over 140,000 apps. The apps work on most most platforms, including Android, iOS, Blackberry, Java and Symbian.
Visit apps.opera.com on your phone and enjoy apps ranging from Entertainment, Health, Utilities, Themes and Skins, Games, and so much more!
The top 10 most downloaded apps in Opera Mobile Store
1. Facebook app by Facebook (Java)
2. TubeMate YouTube Downloader by Devian Studio (Android)
3. Download Manager for Android by FDDM
4. Chat for Facebook PRO by Mail-Bit LTD (multi-platform)
5. NewsHunt by Eterno Infotech (Java)
6. Frim by Ardetiel Services Limited (multi-platform)
7. Angry Birds Rio by Rovio Entertainment Ltd (Android)
8. eBuddy Messenger by eBuddy (multi-platform)
9. WeChat by Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited (multi-platform)
10. Overdrive by Zapak.com (multi-platform)
As the number of Android users in the country is increasing, so is the number of Opera Mini users on Android. Android is the 2nd largest platform used 21% of the total number of Opera Mini users in India.
Since the beginning of this year, more than 100 Android devices with Opera Mini preinstalled :yes: on them have been launched in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Some of the most recent Android smartphones to be launched with Opera Mini are Micromax’s Canvas 4 and Canvas Doodle 2, Spice Coolpad, Lava Iris 506Q, Celkon Campus A20, and Karbonn A9 Star.
Have you purchased any handset recently which had Opera Mini preinstalled? Do share your experience here.
The iPad finally gets the browser it deserves.
The web has evolved exponentially from drab, grey webpages with blue, linked text to vivid, elegant pages with complex graphics, videos and other interactive information. Yet, so far, the web experience on tablets has been limited to browsers that are either scaled-up versions of mobile browsers or scaled-down desktop browsers. Opera wanted to do something about that.
Enter Coast by Opera, the browser that is so elegant, intuitive and refined that it should have come with the iPad. Coast is the perfect companion for your iPad, allowing a more relaxing and lean-back browsing experience when you are on the go or just hanging out on the couch.
Coast by Opera is available in the Apple App Store, as a free download.
We invited all cyclist participants to capture their discoveries from the #DiscoverWithOpera cyclothon. Here are the winning submissions. :yes:
Congratulations :hat: Ram Yadav :king:
The picture above is a brilliant representation of the entire #DiscoverWithOpera cyclothon organized late last month. The picture captures a cycle, with the cycle owner (Akash from Cyclesutra), sitting at Rajon Ki Baoli, which looked beautiful after a round of heavy showers earlier that morning.
Rajon ki baoli is a famous stepwell near Adham Khan's Tomb in Mehrauli Archaeological Park. This magnificent three-storeyed stepwell is believed to have been built by Daulat Khan during the reign of Sikandar Lodi in 1516. The baoli was used by masons for some time. Hence, it got its name as Rajon Ki Baoli. The baoli is one of the highlights of Mehrauli Archaeological Park and a favorite with every visitor.
& congratulations :hat: Gaurav Arora
Amid the picturesque Mehrauli Archaeological Park, there were some discoveries that stared you in the face, like a Tomb of Quli Khan, and some that required an effort getting into, like a Balban ki Baoli; but there were some discoveries beyond all of these and that’s what this picture represents. Adjacent to the Tomb of Khan Shahid, this was a puddle that was beautifully captured by Gaurav Arora.
*We would like make a special mention of another photograph submitted by Gaurav:
Can you believe this is Mehrauli Archaeological Park? Actually, can you believe this picture is taken in Delhi? The picture captures one of the small monuments at the Archaeological Park, with a monk walking down its downward slope.
36 cyclists, 5 bloggers, 4 Opera India employees and 1 #DiscoverWithOpera cyclothon.
Experience the cyclothon in action through this video and photographs.
The Opera India team shares their experience:
Sunil Kamath, Vice President for South Asia: "I thoroughly enjoyed cycling on Delhi roads, which I have never done before. Instead, I’ve always zipped across the city in a taxi for meetings. The cyclothon was a spirited effort from all participants. We were drenched by the early-morning rains, but none of us gave up and continued on our path of discovery. My ‘discover’ :up: moment was the entire journey in the archaelogical park area, which I would have never explored on my own.”
Gouri Shankar Patnaik, Partner Marketing Manager: “The #DiscoverWithOpera #Cyclothon was very much in sync with Opera’s Discover feature, which is based around the idea of learning new things! It was nice to catch up with Team Opera and the biking groups, and I was so enthusiastic that I ended up tearing my T-shirt [that's another story-- will catch up later ].”
Devanshu Jatana, Field Application Engineer, Operator Deliveries team: “From the cycling in the rain to punctured tire to aching legs and delicious butter-laced paranthas, it was all in all a wonderful experience.”
Kshitiz Randhir, Head-Brand Advertising, Opera Mediaworks: “Had an amazing time. I thoroughly enjoyed my unofficial first day (joining tomorrow) at Opera riding the professional bikes (I really want to buy one now) amid lush green landscape, heavy rains, taking pictures and enjoying the opportunity to interact with my colleagues in an informal environment. Opera truly made me DISCOVER the sporty side of me .”