Monthly Archives: January 2014

Opera Max gets an update.

Today, we are rolling out an update to Opera Max, our new data-savings app. Opera Max has been in beta since December 2013; and, with the great feedback we’ve received from our testers, we’ve started tweaking how to give you the best experience while saving your data.
 
What’s new?
  • By popular demand, we added a setting that disables
    the persistent Opera Max icon in the
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  • Opera Max is now future-proofed to support iPv6-enabled devices and operator networks. Here’s why this is important.
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) has an IPv6 support bug introduced by Google. The app now detects this and instructs users how to switch their device to IPv4 to enable savings.
  • The monthly and daily summary card views now show the app that has the highest savings rate and the total time that apps used data in a day. The monthly view also shows the number of days out of the month that data was used.
  • The app’s settings now include a link to return to the first-run tutorial.
  • Users outside the USA will get an out-of-range message when they launch the app. 
Is the beta still only available in the USA?
 
Yes, but we’re working hard on expanding the Opera Max service. We’ll let you know when it is ready.
 
How do I join the beta?
 
If you are an Android user in the US and want to participate in the beta, you’ll need to join our G+ community group. This is where you can opt-in for the beta and send us your feedback. If you are having trouble joining the group, check out our Opera Max launch post which explains everything you need to know.
   

 

How we bring the internet into your living room

You sit in your living room, turn on the TV – and it’s connected to the Internet.

What does it mean when we say that the Opera browser technology is ported to TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray and other media players? How do we  make it possible for you to enjoy YouTube, Hulu, or Spotify through a TV device?

Learn more about how we work to connect your TV to the internet with this Engadget interview at the Consumer Electonics Show 2014:



2013: Year in review

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2013 was a year of change for us. So much happened! We completely overhauled our desktop and mobile browsers, released new products and now serve more and more users around the world.  Here are last year’s highlights:

In February, we reached more than 300 million monthly users on our browser products. Today, our user base continues to grow – especially as more mobile users choose our products in emerging markets, thanks to  Off-Road mode, our unique compression technology!

In May, we released our completely new mobile browser, Opera for AndroidIt was re-built from the ground up,  with new features and a completely new user interface.

In Junewe released a new version of Opera Mini for non-smartphones. Opera Mini 4.5 came with a privacy mode, a new download manager, and UI enhancements for touch devices.

In July, we announced and released our newest desktop browser, Opera 15  for Windows and Mac. While the new desktop browser comes with the new features Speed Dial, Stash, and Discover, it still came with Opera’s best-loved features like Off-Road Mode (previously called Turbo).

We also announced a new release cycle for desktop, giving users three streams to monitor our development. Our Stable stream is now at version 18, the Next stream is at 19, and the Developer stream is at 20.

In August, we joined other top technology companies, like Facebook, in the Internet.org project. Internet.org aims to connect the next 5 billion people online. Opera brings the world’s best compression technology to the table along with our browser expertise, so more people can connect online and share ideas.

In the same month, Opera turned 18 years old. It is a milestone we are happy to share with you, and we thank you for all the support you’ve given us!

In September, we finished a new tablet browser. Coast by Opera, which offers a completely new way to navigate the web on the iPad. The idea for Coast was born in a Norwegian cabin in the mind of a Dutch guy. And, today, the result is available in Apple’s App Store. Say farewell to buttons in your iPad browser, and say hello to Coast.

In Octoberwe expanded our base in Silicon Valley. It’s now one of our biggest offices, and we’re  proud to continue to be one of the world’s leading mobile advertisement platforms.

In the same month, our consumer blog moved to t blogs.opera.com! We hope  you will continue to follow us here in our new home . We’re excited about the news we’ll be sharing with you this year.

October is also when the Opera Mobile Store hit the milestone 75 million monthly users. Opera Mobile Store, the fifth-largest app store in the world, has over 140,000 apps.

In November, we updated Opera for Android , adding a brand-new interface  for tablet devices.

In Decemberwe announced Opera Max, our newest product yet . It is an easy-to-use app that can save you data on a limited data plan by compressing the video, images and text accessed across your device. A beta version of Opera Max is available now on Android versions 4.0 and higher. We look forward to rolling Opera Max out to more countries in the coming year.

And, to wrap up the year, our Facebook page has hit 6 million fans!

2014 has just begun, and we’re already  back at work  creating the best products and services for you to get online and  access the content you want, when you want it.