Google and Opera Renew Deal for Two More Years
September 6, 2012
Whatever traffic underdog browser Opera represents, it is enough that Google wants to hang onto the relationship. ZDNet announces, “Opera, Google Extend Search Deal for Two Years.” That would be the deal wherein Opera uses Google as its default search engine. The brief write up reveals:
“The deal will see a bevy of Google’s services promoted throughout Opera on both its desktop and mobile browsers. The deal will expire on August 1, 2014.
“The Norway-based browser maker said today its Q2 earnings showed sales were up by 32 percent to $52.1 million, up 32 percent year-on-year, beating analyst expectations by a mere few thousand dollars.
“Opera also said it has 200 million people using its mobile browser, an increase of 47 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.”
I wonder how much of that growth has anything to do with the Googley association. It can’t be hurting, right? E-marketing firm Net Applications putsOpera‘s desktop market share at just 1.59 percent, but says that Opera Mini for mobile devices has captured a share of 9.32 percent.
Opera’s technology sprang from a 1994 research project undertaken with Telenor, Norway’s leading telecom. The following year, Opera Software ASA launched independently as a development company; it is still headquartered in Norway, but has spread to offices around the world. Opera aims to increase worldwide Web access by crafting a browser compatible with a myriad of platforms, operating systems, and embedded Internet products.
Cynthia Murrell, September 06, 2012