Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Sep 2011 20:19 UTC
Internet & Networking Other than the low price (only $199?!) and the fact that Google is getting absolutely nothing out of Amazon's use of Android, I couldn't really bring myself to caring too much about the Kindle Fire (Apple and/or Microsoft patent lawsuit in 3... 2... 1), but there is one aspect that intrigued me - Amazon's beefing up of what at its core is Opera Mini.
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RE[2]: As always....
by FealDorf on Fri 30th Sep 2011 00:52 UTC in reply to "RE: As always...."
FealDorf
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2008-01-07

Well, then I must say I chose the wrong word there.

I use opera mini on my ipod touch at home even when I have it connected to my WiFi; so I know how useful it gets. Even on snappy networks it can get snappier -- the execution I'm talking about is the polish and marketting, rather. Take speed dial of opera vs chrome; or browser sync, or pretty much any awesome concept that has me stuck using it. It works, but it lacks polish until a competitor picks it up.

As for marketshare -- the "completely different devices" -- that's my primary issue. It feels like people are content with it being the niche browser. All markets will slowly migrate to smartphones (I live in india, so I can fairly say I have some idea) and I rarely see people use opera mini on their 'droids.

Edited 2011-09-30 00:52 UTC

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RE[3]: As always....
by zima on Thu 6th Oct 2011 23:00 in reply to "RE[2]: As always...."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh well, that's also sometimes the result of being the pioneer, I guess - when the idea is not yet clarified fully, not yet refined...

And there are still billions of subscribers with phones which can't run ever Opera Mini (S30 class devices), there should be place for such browser for quite some time. Either way, Opera so far is profitable and on a healthy, sustained rise (also during recent economic turmoil; they are a publicly traded company, you can check their financials)

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