Surprise! Microsoft Makes Opera As The Default Browser For Nokia X Family

Opera Nokia X2 Browser

This is a surprise move from Microsoft Devices division. They have made Opera Mobile browser as the default browser for their Nokia X series devices. Nokia X2 device which was announced today comes with Opera as the default web browser. The Opera browser is also available for free to download from Nokia Store. Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software commented the following on the deal,

“Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box.” Opera for Android is a full-fledged web browser for mobile devices that puts the user in the driver’s seat with powerful, yet easy to understand features.

Opera highlights the following features in Opera browser for Android,

  • The Discover feature, a novel way of finding content that users find interesting. Gathered from hundreds of websites all over the world, the Discover feature offers the cream of the crop in fresh content. It’s customizable and easy to set preferences – the list can be sorted by country and topic – and get going with thousands of articles at a thumb’s reach.
  • Opera Turbo, a cost and time-saving feature that compresses data before it reaches the user’s mobile device. By switching on compression with Opera Turbo, webpages are compressed by Opera servers, resulting in a dramatic reduction in the amount of data transferred. For users on a pay-as-you-go data plan, or roaming while traveling, the savings can be significant.
  • Speed Dial, an Opera Software innovation, has been perfected for the smartphone world. By letting the user save, move and organize Speed Dial entries into folders, Opera for Android lets users keep better track of sites they find interesting – and get to them faster

  • bibleverse1

    Now, I really dont understand this at all.

    • FremyCompany

      It’s simple. Internet Explorer only works on Windows, so they can’t use it on Android. So they only have the choice between Chrome, Firefox or Opera. Firefox has a seach engine deal with Google so that only left a custom Opera build on the table, I guess.

      • ZloiYuri

        But Opera is just a Chromium clone, why Nokia didn’t wrote it’s own browser?

        • FremyCompany

          Because they have close to no expertise in the domain, and that even a company like Mozilla is in the process of creating a new browser in collaboration with Samsung for years already, in the hope of maybe starting to use it in a few years for more than research projects.
          The browser is a massive component of an operating system today, you can’t just decide to create one and get started.

          • ZloiYuri

            Mozilla making ALL browser – core, JS engine, UI. Opera making only UI, other parts they took from open-sourced Chromium. So don’t tell about “years of development”

          • FremyCompany

            Still kinda looks a wasted investment. You have to dedicate engineers on maintaing the security and features updates coming from Chromium. If some company can do it for you, why matter?
            Also, time to market was essential to Nokia to make sure those devices went in production before Microsoft took it over, to give a chance to their Android strategy.

          • ZloiYuri

            Some reason exist in this opinion))) But one of the main apps in system is third party company app…. Hm. Looks shameful. And unsafe.

          • Jon Peterson

            Because Presto was never a thing.

            Look, just because Opera switched to Webkit (and later followed Blink as it forked away) a year and a half ago doesn’t mean that the ~9 years of development prior to that move are completely invalid. They switched engines not because Presto wasn’t an excellent engine in its own right, but because developers were targeting -webkit extensions for proposed CSS, HTML, and Javascript features, and so Opera was forced to either include workarounds for all of these extensions to make their browser behave “as intended” by the majority of developers, or gut their browser and replace its internals with a different engine… making sure all the various connections all hooked up correctly.

            If you want to call out a browser company for “making only UI”, go harp on Maxthon.

          • ZloiYuri

            Yes, true. But Maxthon is better Opera in any aspect))) Now, of course.

    • CX1

      Well you can’t make the default IE on AOSP.

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  • Stuart

    They don’t make IE for Android so how is this a shock?

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      Exactly, and the stock browser isn’t exactly ”the real” Nokia Xpress browser, Microsoft should launch Internet Explorer on iO.S. Android and BlackBerry…

      • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

        *Internet Explorer Mobile…

  • boohooboohooboo

    microsoft is showing their old brilliance. a friend of my enemy is my friend.

    • ZloiYuri

      so… Friend of my friend is my enemy? Hmmmm…. Will go and bite that bitch.

    • RWalrond

      Lol, I’m not sure that’s how the saying goes, but in light of how confusing this device is to me. I’ll go with it.. “A Friend of my enemy is my friend” :)

      • boohooboohooboo

        Oops. Sorry about that. I guess that’s why I’m only a quoter, and never the one quoted.

      • ZloiYuri

        BDSM orgy maybe?

      • Phystem

        isnt it an enemy of my enemy is my friend..

  • hotrod2391

    Makes sense gotta give Opera some tidbits…

  • RWalrond

    Yeah makes total sense if you want to drive customers to Microsoft Services & Windows Phone give them a low end Android phone which can’t run those future Windows Phone apps and then use Opera as the main browser which also doesn’t exist on Windows Phone. Yep and you do all of this because there wasn’t a way to get Windows Phone on this type of hardware. Makes total sense, doesn’t it? /S

    Yeah Microsoft I can see your vision clear as mud on this one.

    • Igor Pureta

      This is exactly what is going on and on in my head for some time now…

    • Duk3togo

      Unless there’s a hidden message that MS is going to buy opera and fade out IE. Hmmmm…. Nah lol or is it lol

  • X

    I am Having that feeling that Microsoft is going to kill windows phone by time. even their own apps on their platform are way behind them in other’s platforms. Take a look at Skype for iOS and Android, look at Office and even OWA for android?
    It’s just a matter of time before killing windows phone and being a desktop only and services.

    • Igor Pureta

      Then, I guess, we’ll all switch to Google apps…or ..itunes

  • Simon Paul

    So much for promoting Microsoft Services.

  • tomakali

    Buy Opera and Opensource IE Engine
    and Release Opera with IE Engine