Google News Shows Opera Mini Some Love
Article by George Norman
On 15 Apr 2011
Mountain View-based search engine giant Google has recently made a move that shows it loves Opera Mini, the Opera Software-developed browser that works on low spec handsets. The Google News team announced that it redesigned Google News for Opera Mini and added the following new features:

- The homepage features richer snippets, thumbnail images, and links to videos.
- Comfortably spaced links.
- There’s a convenient search bar.
- The users can access desktop personalization on their phones.

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“We have rolled out a redesigned Google News for Opera Mini in all 29 languages and 70 editions of Google News. We hope that this will improve the news browsing experience for Opera Mini users around the world, including millions of people using a feature phone as the primary point of access for the web,” commented Google’s Arun Prasath, Tech Lead, and Dimitris Meretakis, Product Manager.

As you can imagine, Opera Software was pretty excited about Google’s move. Community Manager with Opera Software, Espen Andre Øverdahl, called it a really cool move.

“No matter if you are on a coffee shop, on the bus or just relaxing on the beach, this is great news. With Opera Mini and Google News, you will stay updated whenever, where ever,” he added.

As a little side note, perhaps it’s not Opera Mini that Google loves, but the millions of people who use the application. Earlier this month Opera Software announced that in March 2011, its Opera Mini browser reached more than 100 million users; during the month of March, Opera Mini served two billion daily page views.

The reaction of Opera Software CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner was epic; all he had to say was: “Sweeeet!” I can understand his enthusiasm. Taking a look at the figures you can’t but marvel at how much Opera Mini usage increased. Since February 2011, the number of Opera Mini users grew by 11 million. Since February 2010, the number of users grew by 50 million.



Tags: Opera Software, Opera Mini, Google, Google News
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