Tech in Asia — Fans of the popular mobile and PC browser Opera learned this week that the rumors were true: Opera has been sold to a consortium of Chinese tech companies. In the end, the Norwegian firm went for US$1.2 billion, and technically its acquirer is the Golden Brick Silk Road (Shenzhen) Equity Investment Fund II LLP. But if you find that name a bit of a mouthful you can dispense with it; Golden Brick is just an investment front. The big Chinese tech companies behind it are Qihoo 360 and Kunlun.
Times of India — OSLO: A group of Chinese firms have made a cash offer for Norwegian mobile phone internet browser and advertising company Opera Software, valuing the 20-year-old company at 10.5 billion crowns, or $1.23 billion, the firm said on Wednesday. The buyers, which include New-York listed Qihoo 360 and Shenzen-listed Beijing Kunlun Tech, made an offer of 71 Norwegian crowns ($8.29) per share, a 45.6% premium on the share price on Friday.
WSJ — Norway’s Opera Software ASA is banking on Indonesia’s spotty Internet connection speeds to boost the popularity of its bandwidth-friendly mobile browsers. The company entered the Indonesian market in 2010 and its saw its monthly active users reach 30 million last year, making this country of 250 million people its second largest market after India. Overall,
Vietnam Net — The use of smartphones in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow rapidly, on par with the rest of the world, with page-view volume on mobile websites and apps also comparable with the global average. India, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, countries which Opera refers to as the ‘P4’ (Power 4) sub-region, have witnessed a dramatic increase of 545% in the use of smartphones since 2013, making it one of the sub-regions with the fastest growth rates in the world.
Digital News Asia — THE Philippines is the most active country on social media, according to the latest State of the Mobile Web report by Opera Software. Mobile Internet users in the Philippines tend to visit social-networking sites more than any other, the company said in a statement. In total, 86% of the page views from Opera Mini mobile browser users in the Philippines are to social-network sites – the highest percentage among Opera Mini’s top-50 user countries, worldwide.
In Yangon, Myanmar, it’s been a few years since the military made the decision to let citizens govern themselves. The city’s infrastructure is still not well-developed, and the residents remain quite traditional. One thing that is noticeable, however, is that a lot of people use smartphones in Yangon. Opera, an active player in the global web browser business, came to Yangon last weekend to share an initiative with the emerging market.
More than 30 million Indonesians use the Opera Mini mobile browser for browsing the Internet, according to Opera Software’s State of the Mobile Web report that was recently released. This figure compares well against the more than 250 million people around the world that uses the browser, and makes Indonesia the home to the second largest Opera Mini community in the world, behind India.
With more than 350 million unique users, Opera Software provides one of the world’s leading web browsers and one of the leading browsers on mobile platforms and Smart TVs, with more than 270 million unique mobile users around the world. In fact, Opera Mini servers, which run the browser specifically for mobile phones, delivered more than 177 billion web pages in just one year, and has compressed more than 350 petabytes of data since Opera Mini’s launch in 2006.
For many smartphone owners, it’s tough to get excited about a mobile browser. While power users will always have their app of choice for specific features, most internet users likely default to a mobile browser for no reason at all. As a result, many Western consumers don’t even understand why Opera exists. With Safari for iOS, Chrome for Android, and Firefox for nerds, does the world really need another app to surf the web?
NEW DELHI, INDIA: Over 50 million people are now using Opera Mini browser to go online in India, according to the latest statistics released by Opera Software. With this, Opera Mini is now the third largest mobile app used in India after Facebook and WhatsApp. Opera’s CEO Lars Boilesen announced this at a flash mob in the National Capital Region. “The internet has the power to transform lives and we want everyone to have access to it. That’s why our browsers are designed to work on almost any internet-enabled device and in the toughest network conditions,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software.
The archipelago ranked just behind India, and Opera’s report claims more than 30 million monthly active Indonesian users of Opera Mini between July 2013 and July 2014. That’s three times the population of Jakarta. “More and more Indonesians connect to the web on their mobile phones,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. Peko Wan, Opera’s head of PR and communications in Taiwan, says that among the top 100 handsets used by Opera Mini users in Indonesia, Samsung has the largest market share at 47 percent.