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September 19, 2011

Opera Software acquires mobile app store platform firm Handster

Expected to help Opera evolve to an integrated mobile services company

By CBR Staff Writer

Norwegian software firm Opera Software has acquired US based mobile application store platform company Handster, to strengthen its mobile store offerings.

The company said it is evolving from being a browser company into a fully integrated mobile services company and this acquisition is touted to be an important step in achieving that.

Opera Software CEO Lars Boilesen said they are delighted to welcome the Handster team into the Opera family, and added that Handster will enable them to strengthen their mobile store offerings to consumers, mobile operators and handset manufacturers.

Handster founder and CEO Victor Shaburov said the combination of their 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, US.

Handster has assembled the independent Android content library and offers services to mobile operators, device manufacturers and application stores globally.

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White-label app store platform, content management, developer tools, content curation and financial settlement services are some of the offerings provided by Handster.

Google Android, Java, Symbian, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, netbook and tablet applications are supported by the Handster platform.

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