Opera acquires Handster Inc.

San Mateo CA, USA and Oslo, Norway — September 19, 2011

Opera Software announced today that it has acquired Handster Inc., a leading mobile application store platform company.

Handster, based in Northbrook, Illinois, with operations in Odessa, Ukraine, has assembled the world’s largest independent Android content library and offers services to mobile operators, device manufacturers and application stores globally. The company’s offerings include a white-label app store platform, content management, developer tools, content curation and financial settlement services.

The Handster platform supports Google Android, Java, Symbian, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, netbook and tablet applications. Handster customers include some of the world’s largest mobile operators, mobile platform providers and device manufacturers such as MTS, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei and LG.

Launched in March this year, the Opera Mobile Store is now a top 10 mobile app store globally, serving consumers on virtually every mobile platform, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Java, and Symbian, as well as web content.

“Opera is evolving from being a browser company into a fully integrated mobile services company and this acquisition is an important step in that direction. We are delighted to welcome the Handster team into the Opera family. Handster will enable us to strengthen our mobile store offerings to consumers, mobile operators and handset manufacturers,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.

“Handster could not have found a better suitor,” said Handster Founder and CEO Victor Shaburov. “The combination of our platform, along with Opera’s position in the market, will make a big impact on the mobile ecosystem, benefiting developers, publishers, operators and handset manufacturers around the world.”

Shaburov will join the Opera Mobile Consumer and Publisher management team based in San Mateo, California, USA.

About Handster

Founded in 2004, Handster is an application store solution company with operations in the U.S. and Ukraine. The Handster application store offers a scalable, highly flexible white-label application store solution for mobile operators, handset manufacturers and distributors. For more information, visit www.handster.com.

About Opera Software ASA

The worldwide World Wide Web. Any device, any platform, any bandwidth, absolutely anywhere in the world — Opera Software was founded in 1994, based on the idea that access to the Web should be a universal right. Opera Software ASA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. 200 million people (and counting) are using the Opera, Opera Mobile and Opera Mini browsers. Participation changes everything. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

Source: Opera Software
 
 

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