We just had a visit straight from Bangladesh! This is Silma Subah, the final winner of the iGenius contest organized by telecommunication service provider Grameenphone. A lot of students participated in this country-wide competition. Opera supported iGenius by giving away, among other prizes, phones that helped in the series of mobile internet educational activities.
iGenius winner Silma Subah with Opera Director of Partner Marketing Arjun Bhatt
Silma tells us she is thrilled to visit the Opera global HQ in Oslo, because she uses Opera Mini to get online. “Especially for Wikipedia. It’s a Speed Dial entry in my Opera Mini. It helps me a lot in school,” she adds.
Silma was joined by Grameenphone M-Commerce and Digital Service Specialist Sayma Rahman. Over lunch with some of our folks from the Marketing Department, Sayma mentioned how happy she is that she can finally put a face to the name to some of the Opera employees with whom she’s been working so closely.
Pictured in the front right: Grameenphone representative Sayma Rahman
Congratulations, Silma. And, lovely to meet you, Sayma. We hope you enjoyed your visit – we sure did!
Your favorite mobile browser is back, and it’s better than ever. Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad has dramatic feature improvements that make browsing the internet even easier, and, as always, save you data. Update your current Opera Mini iOS installation, or try it for the first time here.
Need more convincing? Here are 5 killer features that might help:
1. Save data: Opera Mini makes pages lighter by compressing data, helping to speed up slow connections and saving you money on data. Switch between “Opera Mini” for extreme savings, and “Opera Turbo” for speed and savings. It’s great for travel!
2. Get content: Stay informed with current events with our Discover feature. It’s your one-stop shop for any news, sports, and entertainment content, always keeping you in the know. You can easily switch between countries and interests to get the most relevant stories for you.
3. Save pages: Organize your favorite pages just like you organize your apps. Traveling abroad? Save travel info and pages offline, so you can access them later, without needing Wi-Fi.
4. Browse privately: If you were worried about anyone being able to track your activity online, your worries are over. With private browsing, you can safely surf the internet as you please.
5. Get a fresh look: Simply tap on the background to change the background theme to match your iPhone, or choose from one of our many cool background pictures.
Today, Microsoft added a new member to its family of Nokia X smartphones – the Nokia X2. At the same time, we’re super excited to announce that Opera will become the new default browser to the Nokia X platform. What a great family this is turning out to be.
From now on, all Nokia X users will enjoy one of the world’s most popular web browsers and save a ton of data while surfing away on their mobile phones – all thanks to the Opera Turbo compression service embedded in the Opera browser.
Top 3 features
If you’re not completely familiar with Opera for Android, I have made a short list of the top 3 features to get you started:
1) Opera Turbo is a cost and time-saving feature that compresses data before it reaches the user’s mobile device. By switching on compression with Opera Turbo, webpages are compressed by Opera servers, resulting in a dramatic reduction in the amount of data transferred. For users on a pay-as-you-go data plan, or roaming while traveling, the savings can be significant.
2) The Discover feature is a novel way of finding content that users find interesting. Gathered from hundreds of websites all over the world, the content offered by Discover feature is always fresh and the cream of the crop. The feature is customizable, with easy-to-set preferences – the list can be sorted by country and topic – so users can enjoy thousands of articles, all at a thumb’s reach.
3) Speed Dial, an Opera Software innovation, has been perfected for the smartphone world. By letting the user save, move and organize Speed Dial entries into folders, Opera for Android lets users keep better track of sites they find interesting – and get to them faster.
Have a look at this video and you see what a treat we have in store for you!
Data compression. Sound familiar? “Silicon Valley” follows the sudden rise of a startup called “Pied Piper”. Originally created to test if a musician has infringed on any copyrights, the app stumbles upon a revolutionary data compression algorithm. Pictured below Jared presents the app at a TechCrunch conference. What do they do? Compression. Like us. When the final episode of the first season aired last week, we saw a familiar logo:
Why is our logo there? Because we were at TechCrunch Disrupt to launch Opera Coast. While that browser does not have compression, Opera Mini and Opera Max do. They use data compression to give you more for less. Just like PiedPiper.
Facebook, one of Opera’s global partners in the internet.org initiative, has joined us in working to bring the next billion internet users online. Since 2012, Opera Web Pass has been deployed in multiple countries on 3 continents to provide users with alternatives to the complex data bundle.
With their recent purchase of Pryte, a Finnish company that aims to empower mobile users in developing countries through the use of internet apps, Facebook is helping to validate Opera’s concept of allowing users to buy simple, low-cost, time- and content-based data packages - rather than the complex data bundles that are often unaffordable or incomprehensible to new mobile data users.
Opera Web pass users can simply purchase “1 day of data” or “1 hour of Facebook”, which also provide flexibility to operators to distribute data packages that make sense locally. Currently, Opera Web Pass is live in eight countries – with many more currently in deployment.
We are looking forward to continued innovation with Facebook and our other Internet.org partner companies to help bring the next billion users online.