Opera Software and MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, announced that Opera Mini, the world's most popular mobile browser, will be included into MediaTek's Runtime Environment (MRE).
MRE is MediaTek's innovative middleware technology designed for mobile developers and application providers to deploy services and content for "smart-feature-phones". The MRE solution provides millions of users in emerging markets with the ability to enjoy rich mobile Internet experiences previously available only on smartphones. This partnership will allow users of handsets powered by MediaTek's MRE platform to enjoy the best and most affordable Internet experience.
Opera Mini has an impressive user base, with more than 140 million users each month and growing. It offers cloud-assisted browsing, where its renowned compression technology reduces data load by up to 90% before sending it to phones. This results in a much faster page-loading speed on a limited bandwidth connection, as well as lower data costs.
"MediaTek and Opera Software share the same vision. We both want people to access the Web on their own terms," said Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. "The MRE solution makes the traditional feature phone smarter and, at the same time, delivers the best user experience. Opera Mini makes the Web an enjoyable experience regardless of bandwidth. We look forward to seeing the next billion people to surf with Opera Mini on MRE-powered phones."
MediaTek is the world's largest mobile chipset platform provider, shipping over 500 million units in 2010, for assembly into a wide range of mobile phones distributed worldwide.
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