Microsoft to Launch Smartphones with Opera Mini in Early 2015
Microsoft could launch smartphones with Opera Mini as default browser from early 2015, according to an official of the browser firm said. It will be quite interesting to see how will consumers react to this.
Microsoft has entered into an agreement with Oslo-based Opera Software a couple of months ago and it’s going to release smartphones with Opera Mini as the default browser sometime in the future.
Sunil Kamath, vice president for South Asia, Opera Software said the following, clearly hinting to the moment when we’ll see, most likely, Nokia Lumia handsets along with Opera Mini:
“They have product roadmap but from early next year you will see these devices in the market with our browser,”
He said the devices would be first launched in India, which is Opera’s biggest and fastest market. And it all makes sense – Microsoft is eyeing the emerging market and using Opera will help them in that.
“India is the largest and fastest market in terms of Opera Mini users. I don’t think there is any mobile browser closer to us,”
Opera says that it has over a billion users, including 350 million users of Opera browser – some mind boggling states these are. It’s already known that Opera has partenred with 16 phone makers in India, whose devices have Opera Mini as the default browser.
Opera also announced its partnership with Celkon Mobiles for the launch of themost affordable Android smartphone – Campus Nova A352E. The device is priced at Rs.2,000 (less than $33) comes with Opera Mini browser. The phone supports all features of Android with a 512 MB internal memory.
It’s amazing where technology has arrived and cheap smartphones will help drive even further the mobile revolution.