Opera Max promises to cut data usage across apps

Android users looking to save on their data plans may want to get in line for Opera's latest beta app, Opera Max.

Initially announced in December, the app has spent the better part of two months in a private beta. On Tuesday, Opera is expanding the Opera Max beta to the public, albeit with a waiting list.

Like the company's flagship Opera Web browser, the Opera Max application is designed to compress data help save users from spilling their precious, allotted megabytes.

Instead of only helping out with Web sites, however, Max promises to do the same across … Read more

Opera's app store clears 100 million monthly users

About 105 million people used the Opera Mobile Store from Opera Software in December, a statistic big enough to rank it as the fifth largest app store, the Norwegian browser maker said Tuesday.

The company's app store offers 200,000 mobile apps for a variety of device types with a variety of operating systems -- Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, iOS, and Java.

The top type is a Java app, but in 2013, Android apps nearly matched it, accounting for with 42.7 percent of downloads, Opera said.

New users grew by a factor of 1.7 compared to 2012, Opera … Read more

Ex-CEO picks up where Opera left off, launching Vivaldi site

What's an ex-CEO to do when he thinks his former employer has taken the wrong path?

In the case of Jon S. von Tetzchner, co-founder and former chief executive of Opera Software, the answer is to launch a company that picks up where the old company is leaving off. He and 19 other ex-Opera employees have launched a new site called Vivaldi aimed at people who want a replacement for the My Opera community site, which Opera is closing on March 1.

"What we have decided is we cannot leave users like that. This a group of people … Read more

Better iPad browsing with updated Coast by Opera

Opera introduced Coast for the iPad earlier this year, and yesterday it rolled out version 2.0 of its tablet browser. The update introduces a handful of new features, while the design remains largely unchanged from when we saw Coast last September, though two familiar buttons go missing. Coast 2.0 jettisons the forward and back buttons, and lets you swipe left and right to move forward and backward. Opera also states that moving backward is faster -- instant in some cases.

In addition to swiping more and tapping less while browsing, you'll find other notable improvements in Coast 2.0.… Read more

Opera updates Coast browser for iOS with music and PDF options

Opera Software has finished a new version of its Coast browser, an attempt to get a better foothold on Apple's iOS, with new music and PDF controls.

When a Web page can play music, Coast will indicate that with a graphic-equalizer animation in the page's tab and let people control the music with a lock-screen control. Coast also now offers options for saving PDFs or opening them with other apps, the Norwegian browser company said.

The updated Coast also lets people set a home-screen image. Last, for moving among Web pages, Opera dumped its older buttons and moved … Read more

Google Doodle sings praises for opera star Maria Callas

The latest Google Doodle honors the birthday of an opera singer who defined the word diva.

Born on December 2, 1923, Maria Callas became one of the world's most celebrated opera stars, winning acclaim throughout the 1940s and '50s for her legendary performances. After making her debut in 1941, Callas went on to sing in such operas as "Tosca," "Fidelio," "Norma," and "Lucia."

But she also became known for her extravagant tastes and temperamental behavior, according to her official Web site. Off stage, she had an affair with Aristotle Onassis while … Read more

Review: Save on data charges with fast and functional Opera Mini

Opera Mini reduces your data charges by using less data than other Android browsers and downloading compressed Web pages from Opera's servers. Opera Mini is a pared-down arrangement of Opera, with a smaller footprint than the full mobile version of Opera. But true to the Opera tradition, it somehow delivers a stable, full-featured Web experience with fewer resources than the competition. Also like the others, Opera Mini is free but displays some ads.

Opera Mini's Home tab is highly functional, with customizable news feeds appearing under My News, a social networks log-on feature, and a long list of … Read more

Opera finds a niche on bigger Android tablets

Android tablet users should take the latest version of Opera for a spin around the Web.

Launched Wednesday at the Google Play store, Opera for Android version 18 has been spruced up to take advantage of the full screen of larger tablets. The icons and menus are positioned so as to allow easy access whether holding your tablet in portrait or landscape mode. Opera's goal was to not scale up the smartphone layout or scale down the desktop layout but to design an interface ideal for tablets.

"We poured a great deal of thought into the Opera for … Read more

Safari more usable than other mobile browsers, says study

Safari pulled in the highest usability score among the top five mobile browsers, according to a new report from Fixya.

Apple's mobile browser took home a grade of 1.31, far outpacing the stock Android browser, Opera, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. The scores were assigned based on the number of problems reported on Fixya, along with market share data from NetMarketShare. The fewer "problem impressions" given to each browser, the higher the score.

In Safari's favor were its simple interface, its Reading List feature, and its ability to let users perform multiple tasks from a … Read more

Opera Software gets new staff, offices in Silicon Valley

Opera Software is becoming more of a Silicon Valley company.

It has expanded its US operations, tripling its office space to 60,000 square feet through a new office and its acquisition of Skyfire, the company said Thursday.

"Silicon Valley has become one of Opera's most strategic locations to do business and grow our talent base," said Opera Chief Executive Lars Boilesen in a statement. "We will continue our expansion in this region by hiring people in all areas and generating more revenue than ever."

The maker of the Opera browser is based in Oslo, … Read more