Wednesday, May 19, 2010 4:00:00 PM
Opera, Mozilla and Google have just announced WebM
- high-quality free and open video for the Web!
WebM uses VP8
for video, Vorbis
for audio, and the Matroska
That's right. Google decided to open the On2 VP8 codec, and share it with the rest of the world. They joined forces with Opera and Mozilla to bring it to a browser near you, and now it's ready for testing!
You can grab your copy of Opera with WebM support
, and actually try it out at YouTube
Google is throwing its weight behind WebM, and has countless content, hardware and software partners lined up. This is truly an industry-changing event, as until now the Web seemed to be moving towards lockdown with H.264 looking at complete dominance over online video.
With the world's most popular browsers and the world's most popular video site pushing WebM, it will truly make a difference.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 11:00:00 AM
The financial results for the 1st quarter of 2010
Once again the revenue is negatively affected by the currency situation, and a strong NOK. However, this will even out over time. The business itself was profitable, but a one-time expense caused a loss in the quarter.
What's interesting is tha we are seeing stronger traction for Opera Mobile with mobile manufacturers than expected, particularly in Asia. We recently announced an agreement with the second largest supplier of mobile phones in the world, MediaTek. Most people probably haven't heard about them, but there are more manufacturers out there than one might think.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 2:24:22 PM
Our mobile browser is so portable that a bunch of guys in our Swedish office decided to port it to Maemo
(Nokia N800/N810/N900) on their spare time!
As a special treat, this is the first version of Opera Mobile to include Carakan, Vega, and Presto 2.5
. it is perhaps thanks to these three that intial feedback
indicates that it's much (or at least noticeably) faster than both the standard Maemo browser and Firefox.
Since it is not an official product, there are some rough edges, and there's no guarantee that it will ever be released as a final product. For example, plugins are not suported, and JIT is not enabled in Carakan because it's too unstable. Take a look at the list of known issues
for more information.
If you have a Maemo phone, take Opera for a spin, and let the team know what you think
Thursday, May 6, 2010 11:11:00 AM
Time to fork WebKit
My wish for this year is for Google to fork WebKit. They should take the WebKit code, give it a new name, and create a separate browser engine based on that. This, I argue, would be in both Google's own interest, and in the interest of the open Web.
Friday, April 30, 2010 10:15:13 AM
As announced by Rob Mueller of FastMail.FM
(and an Opera press release
), the e-mail service has been acquired by Opera Software
FastMail.FM is known as one of the best e-mail services in the world, and of course the FastMail.FM team intends to keep it that way. The existing team will still be working on the service, and you will be able to continue using it as you always have. I don't think much will change for existing users, except the service has a new owner on paper.
I'm sure any questions and concerns that may pop up will be answered in due time.
Friday, April 16, 2010 3:23:18 PM
The Opera Dev Network article on what Opera Mini on the iPhone means for developers
has been updated with a new user-agent string for Opera Mini on the iPhone:
Opera/9.80 (iPhone; Opera Mini/5.0.0176/764; U; en) Presto/2.4.15
The user-agent string is the text string a browser uses to identify itself when connecting to a site. The site can then serve different content to different user-agents (browsers).
What this means for users of Opera Mini on the iPhone is that the sites you visit are more likely to send you pages formatted for the iPhone rather than the desktop version or a generic mobile page.
The old string was "
Opera/9.80 (J2ME/MIDP; Opera Mini/5.0.0176/1150; U; en) Presto/2.4.15"
Thursday, April 15, 2010 1:06:20 PM
More than one million people downloaded Opera Mini for the iPhone on its first day in the App store.
According to TechCrunch
, it took the highly anticipated Skype app two days to reach the same number of downloads, and PayPal with its 80+ million user base took nearly three weeks to do it.
Opera Mini also continues to top the iTunes charts in most of the world today.
Thursday, April 15, 2010 12:27:39 PM
Did you know that all communication between the Opera Mini servers and the Opera Mini client on your phone is encrypted?
This is actually something you can take advantage of to increase security if you are connected to a public WiFi network. Such networks will allow anyone to spy on you. But the encryption in Opera Mini means that even if your Internet connection is wide open, anyone who tried to capture your private details would just get a blob of encrypted data.
Opera Mini can actually make you more secure.
Of course, this means that you have to trust Opera Software. If you don't trust us, you shouldn't use Opera Mini for anything sensitive. You should only do what you feel comfortable doing, but if you do trust us to respect your privacy, you now have a way to increase your security by using Opera Mini.
Thursday, April 15, 2010 9:45:00 AM
A handy tip if you think the pinch zooming in Opera Mini for the iPhone is frustrating is to keep in mind how Opera's zooming works.
To zoom in: Simply tap where you want to zoom in, and that's it.
To zoom out: Double-tap, tap with two fingers, or hit the zoom out button on the toolbar.
You see, the pinch zooming in Opera Mini is not real pinch zooming. It is more like a gesture which changes between the two pre-determined zoom levels that exist in Opera Mini.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 2:45:00 PM
I think it's safe to say that the launch of Opera Mini on the iPhone was a success!
Not only is Opera Mini the most downloaded application in the App Store, but the coverage in the press and blogosphere has been amazing. There is also a lot of very valuable feedback from people who know the various Apple platforms well, and they can help our Opera Mini team focus their resources for any future improvements to Opera Mini.Regular people?
But while hearing from the Apple fans is great, a lot of the feedback is dominated by very specific things that have to do with platform integration and such. A different and equally important question is: What are people who are not necessarily long-time Apple fans saying? Those who came to use Apple products through iPods or iPhones, and don't necessarily have a deep knowledge of the Mac platform?
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:25:25 AM
Opera Mini wraps text columns to fit the screen when zoomed in by default. This could potentially cause problems on some sites, and it might make sense to disable this on devices with a larger screen, such as the iPhone.
To do so, open a new type and enter "opera:config"
or just "config:"
as the address, and set the "Fit text to screen" dropdown to "No", then scroll to the bottom and hit the "Save" button.
More information and screenshots at Choose Opera
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:24:28 AM
Google is on a roll!
Just the other day they decided to throw some money at Theora
, and now rumours have it that they are planning to open-source the VP8 codec
People were wondering what the acquisition of On2 would lead to, and the FSF even asked Google to "free VP8
". As you may know, On2 the maker of the VP2 codec, which Theora is based on. If VP8 ends up as open-source and not encumbered by patents thanks to Google, only good can come from that.
I really hope the rumours are true, because the Web needs all the help it can get when battling closed, patent-encumbered technologies like H.264. HTML5 video should be based on free and open technologies, at least as a common baseline.
Google really does know how to shake up existing markets, that's for sure.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 5:42:32 AM
iApprovedThanks for giving your customers choice, Apple!
Monday, April 12, 2010 8:27:44 AM
If you combine the number of users for Opera on the desktop and Opera Mini, Opera now has more than 100 million active users
This does not include preinstalled or bundled versions of Opera: Only people who chose to install and use Opera are counted. It does not count downloads either: Only people who actually use Opera are counted.
To put this into perspective, this is more than 20 times larger than Norway's population, and as you may know, Opera Software is a Norwegian company.
Any guesses on when we will reach 200 million users?
Monday, April 12, 2010 8:09:16 AM
It has been just a little more than four years since we removed the ads from Opera, and thereby prepared it for the mass-market. In those few years, Opera has reached a desktop user base of 50 million users
This milestone was reached in March, and it means that Opera has added more than 10 million new active users on average each year since the ads were removed.
And just like Opera's user base on the desktop has grown so far, I expect it to continue to grow in the future. Good things are on the horizon for Opera and Opera users.
Saturday, April 10, 2010 11:11:54 AM
While Google's Chrome supports both Theora and H.264 for HTML5 video, Google chose H.264 over Theora for YouTube
This was rather disappointing since I was hoping that Google would go for the open format. However yesterday's word from OSNews
that Google is helping to fund an ARM port of Theora
makes me much more optimiztic.
It seems that Google is actually saying that we do need a free and open baseline codec for the Web, and I couldn't agree more. After all, the foundation of the Web should be built on free and open standards and technologies. That's the only viable way to move the Web forward, and it wouldn't even have existed today without it.
So now Opera, Mozilla and Google all seem to be in agreement on that the foundation needs to be.
How will Apple and Microsoft respond?
And how does Google's acquisition of On2 fit into all of this?
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 4:12:29 PM
I'm surprised at the amount of hateful comments against the EU after it chose to enforce its competition laws in the case against Microsoft. The EU is apparently Socialist, Communist, or at least hates companies with success, or was that just American companies?
Ignoring for a moment the fact that most companies the EC is dealing with for violation of European Competition Law are European companies, let's look at just how reliable the claims about the EU having it in for Microsoft are.
They are not very reliable, it turns out
David Hammerstein, ex-Member of European Parliament for the Greens, tweeted last week: 'SOS to everyone as sources confirm that Kroes is about to eliminate "open standards" policy from EU digital agenda; Kroes has been under intense lobbying pressure from Microsoft to get rid of interoperability and open source goals of EU.'
So there you have it. Going with what Microsoft is lobbying them to do seems to be a strange case of "European bias against Microsoft, and that's why they started the antitrust case"
Thursday, March 25, 2010 11:37:35 AM
A lot of people seem to think of Opera Mini on the iPhone as a replacement for Safari on that platform, but there's also a different way of looking at it:Opera Mini on the iPhone complements Safari!
You don't actually have to replace the native browser to use Opera Mini, so instead of seeing this as a competition between browsers, you can see it as using the right tool for the job. Sometimes you use the the native browser, and sometimes you use Opera Mini.
Opera Mini lets you surf faster on slower connections, and cheaper when roaming or in other situations where you pay for your mobile data traffic. Opera Mini lets you get quickly to the content you need, whereas the native browser can be used for high-end Web applications.
Again: Opera Mini doesn't necessarily replace native browsers. It can also complement them.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 11:29:52 AM
Yesterday, we announced that Opera Mini has been submitted to the iPhone App Store
. It seems that independent tests
confirm that it wipes the floor with Safari when it comes to speed, at least on slower connections.
We have a page counting the time
since the application was submitted for approval, and you can win an iPhone if you correctly guess how long the approval process takes.
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