Opera Lands on MediaTek's Platform, Toshiba's Folio 100, and TIM Brazil Phones
Article by George Norman
On 09 Sep 2010
Opera Software, the Norwegian software developer we all know for making the Opera browser, has announced that it struck deals with several companies and its product landed on several platforms.

Opera Mobile 10 and MediaTek Feature Phones
Opera Mobile 10 will be featured on MediaTek's feature phones. Opera Software struck a deal with MediaTeck, a leading semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions. The deal states that as of this month, Opera Mobile 10 will ship with the company’s new chip solutions for 2.75G and 3G feature phones.

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"Internet browsing has been a requirement on smartphones for some time. Now, feature phones follow suit," says Steven Yuan, GM of Wireless Communication BU I of MediaTek. "Opera Mobile is an innovative and user friendly mobile browser to enable the best Internet experience in today's mobile communication. With MediaTek's latest chipset solution for feature phones, the device makers and partners are able to deliver the users much smarter feature phones than ever."

"Delivering a complete web experience on feature phones is a significant step forward," says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. "It represents a wider adoption of sophisticated feature phones with the superior web-browsing capability in the market in the near future. We are working closely with MediaTek to make it happen."

Opera Mobile and Toshiba’s Folio 100 Tablet
Opera Software also struck a deal with Toshiba, the electric device manufacturer that needs no presentation I’m sure. As part of this deal, Toshiba will preinstall the Opera Mobile browser on the Android-based tablet computer Folio 100. The tablet will be released in the 4th quarter of 2010 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Folio 100 users will get to choose between the Opera Mobile browser or the default browser the Android OS offers.

“We are going to work continuously with Toshiba to keep improving the browser for tablet users,” said Opera Software CEO, Lars Boilesen.

Opera Mini and TIM Brazil
TIM Brazil is one of the leading mobile carriers in Brazil. Opera Software announced that through a partnership with the carrier, Opera Mini is available on more than 60 phone models. Dubbed “Navegador TIM” the browser will either be preinstalled on TIM phones, or will be offered to TIM subscribers as a free download.

“We are very happy that TIM has chosen Opera Mini to be part of this large rollout of its mobile Internet strategy,” said Roy Satterthwaite, Senior VP, Americas, Opera Software. “Opera Mini’s unique features coupled with TIM’s competitive pricing will allow Brazilians to have the power of the Internet at their fingertips while on the move — at rates much lower than cybercafes.”

“One third of Brazilians access the Internet from cybercafes. We want to change that and give the power of the mobile Internet to our users through Opera Mini,” said Rogerio Takayanagi, Marketing Director, TIM. “Our pricing is the best in the market and so are the applications we offer our subscribers, including Opera Mini.”



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