Opera moves into mobile services, buys cross platform app store Handster
Covers Android, Java, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry
Handster is based in Illinois, US, though also with an office in Odessa, Ukraine, and provides content for Android, Java, Symbian, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, netbook and tablet platforms.
Handster CEO and founder Victor Shaburov will be joining the Opera team at its San Mateo headquarters in California.
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"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." said Opera CEO Lars Boilesen.
"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,"
Shaburov was also excited by the future prospects for Handster and Opera after the buyout.
"Handster could not have found a better suitor," he said.
"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."
Opera opened its own app store in March 2011, using white label outfit Appia, partly to push the distribution of its mobile browsers.
It recently got kicked out of GetJar for distributed its own app store though the rival.