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Opera Announces Opera Mobile Store

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Opera Announces Opera Mobile Store

Opera has announced the launch of the Opera Mobile Store, a multi-platform app store for free and paid applications.

The Opera Mobile Store is a featured Speed Dial link in the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers, making it immediately accessible for the more than 100 million people who currently use an Opera browser on their mobile phones. The Opera Mobile Store has been built and delivered through a strategic partnership with Appia. It will offer both free and paid applications for pretty much any mobile platform and device. Indeed when you first visit the site you are asked to choose between a range of mobile operating systems or pick a specific make and model.

As well as being available to Opera users, the Opera Mobile Store is open to users of other mobile browsers, on all popular mobile phone platforms in more than 200 countries. The Opera Mobile Store uses Appia’s storefront commerce technology and leverages a wide catalogue of applications for phones with Java, Symbian, BlackBerry and Android operating systems. The storefront experience is customised to each user’s phone, providing a tailored catalogue based on the phone’s operating system, local language and currency. “The launch of the Opera Mobile Store supports Opera’s core belief in an open, cross-platform mobile Internet experience by providing Opera users with an integrated storefront of mobile applications,” said Mahi de Silva, EVP, Consumer Mobile, Opera Software.

To support the Opera Mobile Store, Opera Software has also launched the Opera Publisher Portal, providing developers with a way to get their applications onto the Opera Mobile Store. In its pre-launch state, the Opera Mobile Store attracted more than 15 million users in February, from 200 countries, achieving more than 700,000 downloads per day. These metrics establish the Opera Mobile Store as a top 10 mobile application store around the world.

Source: Opera

Stelph

March 8, 2011, 4:56 pm

No store for iOS?....

:-) Sorry, couldnt help myself

Castalan

March 8, 2011, 5:54 pm

Great :) another app store ... just what the world wants ...

:-) Sorry - I also couldn't help myself ;)

But seriously - I just don't get the current fad with downloadable apps ... or locally installed software as we used to call it back in the bad old days

Just when it looked like the world was moving on - and moving firmly towards web delivered apps with the browser being the common platform we go and take this gigantic step backwards.

I guess money talks - and clearly apple make a bundle out of their app store - and the lock in to their market it presents ( no i'm not having a go at apple ) but this method of providing applications is all about what's best for the vendor's business - and not what's best for the consumer .... sigh ...

jacko

March 8, 2011, 6:38 pm

@Castalan; What about when there is no network coverage, or you just need a locally installed App (photo editing, writing, music creation, reference material etc..)?

There are loads of things that you can do if you don't have network coverage, but in your world, we'd have access to nothing! :)

Kaurisol

March 8, 2011, 6:50 pm

@Castalan - "what's best for the vendor's business". I disagree - there's a time and a place for web apps, and when you're being charged for every byte of data isn't the time. Also, what about when you don't have a connection due to a lack of service in a particular area? That's why I prefer Ovi maps to Google maps (as examples) - I like to be able to download the maps at home over wifi when I have a good connection rather than being dependant upon the vagaries of a service provider and where they do (and don't) consider it worth providing a service.

Castalan

March 8, 2011, 7:38 pm

Hi Jacko ... it's a good point but there is such a thing as offline access ...

That not withstanding my point is that the direction of no local apps is the right one ... before too much longer there really won't be anywhere you cant be connected ...and personally for me right now that day has already arrived ... i'm always connected

The benefits of web delivery both to the consumer and the provider are just massive ... it's such a shame :(

Stelph

March 8, 2011, 8:14 pm

@Castalan - Im not sure where you live but personally im not always connected when im out and about (on Tmobile and the signal can be patchy in areas) so having apps that work "offline" is a very big bonus for me! Not only that, but having web apps would seriously cut into any data allowance (and considering service providers are cutting the allowances down to 500mb, like o2 and Tmobile, that is a big issue). Also how about when you are overseas and data is extortinate? Or things like video/photo editing on your phone? These would be impossible with web apps.

Web apps have their place (but the data structure that is available in the UK is just not anywhere near capable at the moment) but I doubt we would see offline apps go for good anyway due to their benefits of reliability

Arctic Fox

March 8, 2011, 8:15 pm

@Castalan

I have to say that I largely agree with jacko and kuaurisol. One big reason for me is in fact that if it is all cloud/web based you cannot get full use of your apps regardless of whether or not the app concerned would otherwise actually _need_ to be on the network if you are not logged on. In practice you have to pay (via your data plan) for access. This is a particular bugbear when we know that infrastructure is unlikely to keep up with demand and flat monthly fee data plans are something the carriers would LOVE to get rid of. I want to _buy_ facilities for my phone where I can rather than, in practice, rent them because I am having to pay somebody for access to them every time I use them. I do not say that there is no place for web-based apps (that would be a ridiculous thing for me to say) however I do not accept that the case for turning my mobile into a fancy looking thin client is beyond dispute.

Castalan

March 8, 2011, 8:26 pm

Hi Kaurisol - yes indeed you're right about the cost of data on the mobile network ... that's the current state - but give it a few years and i'm pretty sure it won't be how we get charged ... kindle is a great example of how I think all connected devices will be .. well I'm as confident as you can possibly be ;)

Google maps caches the map locally ( as does Google navigation ) so you potentially don't need a connection all the time so you can do as you describe right now which is very cool :)

Castalan

March 8, 2011, 8:29 pm

Hi artic fox - I do agree with you that today mobile data access costs make it a difficult proposition - but i do believe in the glorious future of always on data at a flat monthly rate ;) roll on the revolution :D

Castalan

March 8, 2011, 8:57 pm

Amazingly - and as if by magic - three have launched a pay as you go unlimited data deal today for £15 a month .... no data restrictions at all .....

Looks like the revolution is just starting ;)

theDman

March 8, 2011, 8:58 pm

PLEEEEEEASE release Opera mobile for Windows Phone 7!!!!!!

Gk.pm

March 8, 2011, 9:36 pm

@theDman
Save yourself, it's just not possible for Opera to write a browser for WP7.

Microsoft needs to add quite a lot to WP7 before that can happen. Even what's there is broken, e.g. native applications can't set the Referrer header in HTTP requests (and since there's no socket support they can't do the requests themselves)

Maybe after the really big update...

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