Well they call it a rumour but this rumours are always true, the new one “is about a potential Facebook acquisition of Norwegian browser company Opera” .The move – which would no doubt send shivers of panic through Google – although unlikely to affect Chrome’s continued growth in the short term, would see the two tech giants battle it out on your desktop and mobile for web surfing as well as social networking.
It’s interesting to note that it seems that “web browsers” lately have become the new status symbol for major web companies, with Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple and Yahoo all offering it’s own take on them. A mobile browser component would compliment the mythical “Facebook Phone” rumored to be in development completing all the required components needed to launch it’s own phone platform. If the rumor turns out to be true, we may be about to see the emergence of yet another browser war. This time embedded with all your social information. A scary thought for some, but a necessary one.
Opera started in 1994 as a research project at Telenor, the largest Norwegian telecommunications company. In 1995, it branched out into a separate company named Opera Software ASA. The company claims to have around 200 million users across all of its platforms making it one of the top commercial browsers available. The company is also well known for its mobile browser which has particularly good HTML5 support, a growing standard in the mobile application space.
So the game is on, the browser space is big enof, lets the players run once again