Wednesday, March 4, 2009 1:00:54 PM
According to HegnarOnline
(Norwegian only), Vodafone made a trial roll-out of Opera Mini in Egypt. The result? 400 000 installations in one month.
A couple of weeks ago, a global agreement
between Opera and Vodafone was announced. With the success in Egypt, Vodafone is probably eager to get Opera Mini out there in all markets. It goes without saying that this agreement will likely increase the revenues significantly for both Opera and Vodafone.
I also blogged about Vodafone last year, when it turned out that they wanted to use Opera's widgets solution to push for open standards
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 11:36:11 AM
Vodafone's new Widget Manager
runs on Opera and open standards instead of proprietary platforms like Nokia's Widsets
. The reason is simple:
[Widsets] is a Java platform, so it’s not open. Widget Manager is built on Opera, so it’s faster and easier to write for. It uses open standards.
Easier to write, shorter time to market. This basically echoes Opera's position. Using open standards makes it faster and easier to develop applications. Opera is pushing for widgets based on open standard, and Vodafone seems to agree that this is a good thing.
So now both Vodafone and T-Mobile are going for Opera's widget solution rather than competing technologies that are proprietary and more difficult and time-consuming to work with.