Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 19:09 UTC
Opera Software Pocket-lint has a rumour up that Facebook is interested in acquiring Opera to kickstart their own move into the browser market, to compete with Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft. While it would mean much-deserved recognition for Opera, I actually hope such a deal does not go through - for entirely selfish reasons.
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RE: I dunno
by zima on Sat 26th May 2012 09:10 UTC in reply to "I dunno"
zima
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There is more than one Opera, really. Among them Mini - a fairly simple thing, one which gives very decent access to, say, Facebook (it is a top site visited from Opera Mini http://www.opera.com/smw/2011/11/ ) - particularly for people who otherwise would hardly have it, on devices hardly able of running any other browser.

And Facebook knows such mobile phones are most popular, wants to cater to them (if only, I guess, because it opens FB to many growing markets, hence increases the number of users that FB can gloat about): http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=483824142130

...but the thing about that app mentioned in the above FB blog post: last I checked, it was quite horrible. Opera Mini certainly offered a better experience.

So perhaps this "leak" (which no doubt went through a form of Chinese whispers game) is not about buying Opera ASA and all its customer relations - which wouldn't seem to make much sense - but about becoming one of Opera customers.

Carriers or mobile phone makers do have deals with Opera to offer Mini - typically little more than rebranded (if even that), at least sometimes used as the browser for cheap web prepaid packages (one carrier at my place does that).
I can easily imagine Facebook also licensing it, building on its tech some good client to their website (more integrated with it, more streamlined than "general usage" Mini or one of its rebranded version, maybe offering free access on some carriers).
At least, that would have some sense...

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