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Motorola licenses Opera browser for phones

Motorola's Personal Communications Sector (PCS) division has signed a licensing agreement with Opera Software to use the Oslo company's browser on its phones.

Motorola has not announced which phones will incorporate Opera, but the most likely models are those based on the Linux and Symbian operating systems, said Lars Boilesen, Opera's executive vice-president sales and distribution.

The Opera browser's code is small enough to fit on a mobile phone, so you can go to any site on the internet and browse it, he said. The small-screen rendering technology reformats the content so that it fits, so there is no horizontal scrolling, just up and down.

The licensing agreement also allows Motorola to offer the Opera Platform to telecommunications carriers. The platform is designed to integrate online content with a device's own applications, allowing an operator to update the content on the screen of a user's handset.

The companies also announced that they are working together to combine the Wap software stack from a browser developed by Motorola's Global Software Group with Opera's HTML browser software, enabling phones to access the many Wap-based sites and services that have already been developed.

Gillian Law writes for IDG News Service


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