Google Made Opera Mobile’s Default Search Engine

Opera announced today that Google will become the default search engine in Opera’s mobile Web browsers on March 1 of this year. Anyone using Opera Mobile or Opera Mini can access Google directly from the browser start page.

Opera Mini targets mobile phones that posses limited browsing capabilities. Opera customers tend to use the mobile Web more frequently and actively than consumers with more static, less dynamic mobile Web browsers. Opera Mini users brows more than 1.7 billion pages a month, with much of that traffic generated through the search function in the browser.

Opera’s partnership with Google covers all global territories except Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, and includes all of Opera’s standard mobile Web browsers.

“Google and Opera have established a valuable relationship over the years and we look forward to continued collaboration on mobile products,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. “With 2008 poised to be the year the mobile Web goes mainstream, Google and Opera are
extending this collaboration to give our users immediate access to the quality and convenience of Google’s search results. We’re excited to extend this productive relationship and we hope that the
nearly 100 million people using our mobile products will agree.”

If you are interested in one of the Operas, see the links provided below. Opera Mini is a free service and Opera Mobile is available free for a trial period on select platforms.

Opera Mini
Opera Mobile