2013: Year in review
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 Android. It was re-built from the ground up, with new features and a completely new user interface.
In June, we 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 October, we 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 December, we 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.