Microsoft's non-WP Nokia phones to come with Opera Mini as default browser


Opera Software has announced that it has signed a contract with Microsoft to provide its own Opera Mini as the default pre-installed Internet browser on Nokia feature phones. It will replace in-house developed Xpress from the Nokia Series 30+, 40, and Asha models. Current users will be encouraged to update, whereas new devices will come with Opera pre-installed.

The browser's developers have stated to be very happy with the deal. They say they've been dreaming of such a licensing deal for more than 10 years. The agreement is expected to be profitable for Opera from the get-go, as it marked a 6.5% rise in Opera's shares on the day of signing. The company's Q2 report also looks good, with a growth of up to $27 million in earnings, $2.3 million more than analysts expected.

Opera Mini is arguably one of the best browsers for feature phones. It's a cloud-assisted browser, which compresses the data up to 90%, before streaming it to the user. The result is a fast browsing experience with less used data. Even though Nokia's Xpress browser does much of the same, we guess Microsoft decided that Opera does it better.

source: Opera via Reuters

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22 Comments

1. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Good, I'm happy for them. They've been pioneers in many aspects, so I hope this goes well for them...

2. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Good for both in this regard

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nokia phone or Microsoft phone? Nokia still retain telecommunication patents? Otherwise 5 billions is too cheap a deal consider that Google paid 12 billions for Motorola.

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And then sold them for a junk 2 billion.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't even know how it's work. Lenovo is already a capable manufacturer. Motorola US factory is closing down. Is Lenovo buying Motorola brand cause Google is keeping Motorola patents? Strange relationship.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Basically Google bought them, took their patent portfolio said, hey thanks. Then looked at the devices, said no thanks your junk, and sold them for a junk amount. By the way that same Motorola handset division that got sold, just signed an agreement with MS for android usage. Here we have Nokia, MS was very closely related to their handset division. Said hey we love the handsets, lets get them. Then license the patents from nokia so that at the end of the day they are still Nokia with their patents intact. Which still allows Nokia to make outside money from all patents (which make samsung scared actually, got to find the link of the quote from a samsung rep). Yet this is pure Evil right? I mean, MS oops this is PA, M$, should have bought nokia, stripped them of everything, then sold them off for 15% of their value.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Google now owns a percentage of Lenovo now as well. I guess you forgot that part. Motorola is still very viable. Also other projects are still being worked on. For example project Ara, and project tango, to name a few. They have many more. So good things are still to come from Googles part of Motorola division that is still staying with Google. So Motorola signed an agreement Microsoft for Android usage did they? So why did Microsoft announce to the world that they are killing of their Nokia X/X2 which runs their Android.

6. paul.k

Posts: 294; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Microsoft will still be using the Nokia brand for their phones for the time being.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Is Nokia still a Finland company? I know Nokia has a cash reserve before Microsoft took over. To think that Elop has no intention of giving Nokia a fighting chance other than to act as Microsoft proxy.

9. paul.k

Posts: 294; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

It is, and there have been rumors that Nokia might keep going on its own (with Android phones, even), but we can't possibly know what Elop intends to do :)

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Well Rajeev Suri is the current CEO not Elop

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Elop has a lot of shares for both Nokia and Microsoft. Given a chance he could start a lot of trouble at Rajeev Suri first sign of weakness. After all, we don't know what the back room deal is. He was also a prime candidate for MS CEO.

22. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I agree.. He could cause some danger on the inside of Microsoft if they aren't careful. I'm absolutely liking 8.1 so no bashing at all but if the new CEO better be on his game.

10. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Opera Mini was decent enough in the last decade with S60 but its an utter joke these days. What's even the point of having a half baked browser that doesn't even support JS or HTML5? MS could have at least gone with a lightweight webkit-based browser or even a trimmed down version of IE. I'd rather pay slightly more to get a phone with enough hardware resources to run a proper browser than to waste time with something that won't even deliver an optimal experience.

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Whats the point of data compression and savings if you were to use JavaScript or HTML5 on OperaMini? That defeats the purpose of Opera mini.

11. NateAdam8

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

All that's left is for Microsoft to find Core-Player and bring it back from the dead.

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Well, it's simple: does it make sense for Microsoft to further develop the Nokia browser? The answer, of course, is no. And the developers currently working on it will probably be among those who will be fired. It's both cheaper and more manageable to buy the product from Opera, as long as they'll need it, and when the transition to WP will be complete even in the feature phones, just drop the agreement.

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

And tell Opera to develop in WP too!

15. Master-Mind

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

They don't want or need that sinking ship platform.

16. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Then what are you doing on an article about that "sinking ship" platform's creator?

18. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Agreed. He's just trolling

19. Furbal unregistered

Odd isn't opera built on the chromium kit note?

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