Opera in 2011
By Anna RohlederAnnaMetro. Wednesday, December 28, 2011 7:53:58 PM
To say that 2011 was busy here at Opera might well be the understatement of the year. There were so many innovations, new releases and achievements that we can only focus on the highlights.
We stepped up our game in mobile browsing with the release of Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11. Meanwhile, over on the desktop, 2011 saw the release of Opera 11.10, code-named Barracuda, followed by a quick jump over .4 spaces on the release ladder to 11.50, closing out the year on the high note of Opera 11.60. With each of these releases, Speed Dial looked slicker, searching became easier, and the browser engine running the whole shebang got a mighty extra dose of processing power and rendering capability.
More places, more devices
Getting better was only part of the story in 2011 - Opera also got broader. We extended our reach to more places in the world, from China to Latin America to the Middle East. At the same time, we also found our way to a new set of screens, from tablets to TV And while we're talking about expansion, let's not forget getting onboard the A train, with Android.
Within the browser, we added a number of very cool features this year. With folks around the world facing a new wave of data caps or other brakes on their browsing habits, Opera highlighted the benefits of our data compression technology with the Data Usage Tracker tool, which showed the total data savings by all our users over the period of one month to be the equivalent of 50 billion hamsters! (Now you know why get such a warm, fuzzy feeling whenever you think of Opera.) Not to be outdone, our tireless CTO Håkon Wium Lie improved the experience of reading online with the invention of paged reading in the browser. What will we cook up next in that mysterious lab/basement/garage/unmarked office where all the magic happens, you wonder? Well, if this year was any indication...
Other notable stuff
Our associations in the wider world spanned a particularly wide gamut, from sponsoring the worst hockey team in America to facilitating a real-life meetup of blogging sensation iJustine with legions of her Norwegian fans. We also paid our own sort of tribute to Oprah Winfrey, and participated in a random act of pizza.
But none of this would have been possible without the dedication and support of our users and fans, so thanks to each one of you for making 2011 such a great year. We look forward to doing even more in 2012!