During this month the Norwegian developer is going to launch the third version of its mobile browser Opera Mini for mass-market phones. The new version will have an enhanced security and increased download speeds for surfers on the wireless Web. As the officials announce the Java-enabled upgrade will be available for download "within a week or two". The aim of Opera is to provide connectivity to a host of devices and services. Opera keeps under review in-flight entertainment systems, and IBM Corp. is testing the company's technology on appliances.
The Mini is one of the company's biggest hits which become a huge hit among tech-savvy wireless users. In Europe the company has a big success: T-Mobile uses Mini for its web'n'walk service, and some other European operators and handset manufacturers have agreed to deploy the browser in recent weeks. In Germany also the company powers eBay's service for wireless users. And Opera has become a brand in itself, teaming with operators to put its logo on handsets in a kind of "Intel Inside" marketing tack. Opera has advantages against the pure-play companies due to its multiplatform strategy. Also the company launched a ninth version of its computer browser, introducing new tools and "widgets"-small applications such as games and photo albums designed to spice up a browsing session.
However in North America that differentiator may be an obstacle where operators are a little afraid of losing their walled-garden revenues and giving people access to the Internet. It doesn't really make sense to have separate Internets announce officials. The mobile browser Opera Mini gains more stability as more users around the world begin to browse the Internet on their phones.