[news=http://www.opera.com/img/operalogo.gif]The underdog launches a free version of Opera Mini for mobile phones.
January 24, 2006
Norwegian browser developer Opera Software introduced a free version of its mobile phone browser Tuesday, moving further away from its core business of desktop browsers and intensifying the company’s focus on the cell phone market where it has been growing rapidly.
The Opera Mini, as it’s called, previously came installed on certain models of smart phones from Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and Kyocera. But the new version can be downloaded to almost any Java-based mobile phone, according to the Oslo-based company.
“People want to be able to access their web content from anywhere,” said Opera CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner. “We think that in the next years there will be a transition from WAP to web browser that have the potential to access all information online.”