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The company, still in stealth mode, is working on a smartphone app to make you look better or to add entertaining effects in real time, CNET has learned.
Many people now can try the Norwegian browser maker's Android software for cutting data usage by compressing video, photos, and text.
After the 2011 acquisition of app-store specialist Handster, the Norwegian browser maker has enough visitors to rank its Opera Mobile Store as the fifth-largest app store, the company says.
Handster's services include white-label app stores and developer tools. Opera's acquisition shows a business plan broadening beyond browsers.
Buying Mobile Theory and 4th Screen Advertising gives the browser maker ways to deliver ads to mobile devices. Opera also reported stronger quarterly revenue and profits.
CEO Lars Boilesen sees Android as an opportunity for growth, not a threat. To help attract users and partners, Opera will build data-saving Opera Mini technology into Opera Mobile.
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