Feeds

Opera opens phone-agnostic mobile app store

Android. Java. Windows. Palm. Symbian. (And, one day, iPhone)

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Opera has opened an app store that works across disparate mobile platforms. The store can be accessed from virtually any mobile browser on any major phone platform, but it's built straight into the company's Opera Mobile and Opera Mini browsers, currently used by over 100 million phone owners across the globe.

The store serves up apps for Android, BlackBerry, Palm, Symbian, and Windows Mobile. No, it doesn't offer iPhone apps, but Opera plans to integrate with Apple's App Store in the future.

Opera executive vice president Mahi de Silva, former CEO of AdMarvel, the mobile ad outfit Opera purchased last year, tells The Register that the Opera Mobile Store has been tested on citizen phones for at least a month now, and the company plans to officially unveil it on Tuesday.

de Silva tells us that although Apple prevents third-parties from selling iOS apps on their own, the Opera Mobile Store will eventually provide links back to the Apple App Store. You'll be able to browse iPhone apps from Opera's store, he says, before jumping to Apple's store to purchase them.

The idea is to provide an "open" app store that is not limited to a single platform, à la the Apple App Store or Google's Android Market. "We're leveraging the history of Opera," de Silva says. "In the past, we've focused on developing the best and most widely used browser, and we're now expanding into services. We're creating a service for users, but we're also creating a device-agnostic app store for developers – so they can not only reach the 100 million who use Opera's mobile browser, but people who use any browser."

On Opera Mobile and Opera Mini, the store will show up as a "Speed Dial" link. The link is present on all new versions of the browser, and if you've previously installed Mobile or Mini, Opera will automatically update your browser to include the link – if you haven't already populated all available Speed Dial spots.

When you access the service, the storefront is tailored to your particular phone, serving up a catalog of apps specific to your mobile OS, local language, and currency. Offering both free and paid applications, the store was built in tandem with Appia, an outfit that drives mobile app stores for more than 40 other outfits.

On Tuesday, Opera will also launch its Opera Publisher Portal, which lets developers, yes, publish their apps to the Opera Mobile Store. In February, the company says, prior to its official launch, the store attracted more than 15 million users in 200 countries, and downloads reached 700,000 per day. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.