9/21/2004 - Opera Software announced its one millionth download of Opera Mobile from its corporate Web site www.opera.com. This number is in addition to the many more copies that are downloaded from partner and other download sites. Opera's revolutionizing Web browsing experience for mobile phones has quickly propelled it to become the absolute most popular 3rd party application on the Symbian OS. In two short years, the software company has delivered its mobile browser for various devices on various platforms with many millions licenses sold to handset manufacturers and operators. The rapid adoption of Opera's mobile technology has transformed the industry and placed Opera in the lead of full Web browsing.
Before Opera introduced SSR (Small-Screen Rendering), the technology that displays Web pages in a way that is entirely customized to best suit a handheld device's screen size and resolution, the telecom industry had lost hope in an open mobile Internet. SSR got the ball rolling again with users demonstrating enthusiasm for the ability to access normal Web pages reformatted to their screen size. Two years after the introduction of SSR, Opera is now in the lead in this market, bridging existing operator services with the full Internet.
"Users love getting access the full Web as a complement to accessing their operators' existing data services. In addition to the industry increasingly adopting Opera, one million people have on their own sought to download and install Opera from our Web site, that's real success for our vision," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "After having conquered Europe and started making headway in Asia, the first Opera-capable phones are now appearing in the US market. There's still a long way to go, but we've had a great start."
In addition to having been pre-installed on a plethora of devices, Opera is also available for download and purchase on all Symbian Series 60 and UIQ handsets - of which the following are currently available in the retail channel: Nokia 6620, Nokia 3650, Nokia 3660, Nokia 6600, Nokia N-Gage, N-Gage QD, Nokia 7650, and Siemens SX1. Free downloads are available for the Sony Ericcson P800 and P900.
To find out more about Opera's specific deliveries or to download the Opera browser for your handheld device, visit www.opera.com/products/smartphone.
About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, home media and vertical markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers.
Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway.
Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.
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