Opera Mini returns to GetJar following app store spat


Cross-platform applications storefront GetJar has restored the popular Opera Mini mobile browser to its catalog. GetJar announced the move on its blog, noting that Android, BlackBerry, J2ME and Symbian device users may now download the new Opera Mini 6 upgrade, which touts improved scrolling, panning and zooming, pinch-to-zoom and social network sharing tools.

GetJar ousted Opera Mini three weeks ago after developer Opera Software introduced its own rival app store initiative. "This robs GetJar of traffic and therefore of the advertising necessary to keep our service free for the more than 25 million consumers that use GetJar," Chief Marketing Officer Patrick Mork explained at the time. "It also jeopardizes an ecosystem that has generated over 1.6 billion downloads for tens of thousands of developers who depend on us to make money from their apps." The Opera Mini version available from GetJar does not include a link to Opera's app store.

Details on the resolution are scarce. "Opera and GetJar have come to a mutual understanding about distributing the Opera Mini browser," an Opera Software spokesperson told FierceMobileContent in an email. "There was no financial agreement to bring Opera Mini back in the GetJar store. For them it was important that they distribute this product to their users, and for us it is important to not close the door on any distribution channel like GetJar, which is popular among users."

Opera Mini touts PC-like web access on mobile device screens--the solution compresses webpages to one tenth of their original size, accelerating page delivery speeds while reducing data usage and fees. In February, Opera Software announced that more than 90 million users worldwide access the browser each month, with GetJar noting that Opera Mini consistently ranks among the most downloaded applications in its store.

For more:
- read this GetJar blog entry

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