Opera has launched Opera News Lite, a smaller version of the popular Opera News application, designed for devices with limited data storage capabilities.
Opera News Lite comes with download size of less than one megabyte and is fast to download for people on limited mobile networks.
“We have developed Opera News Lite as per requests from our users. The app is extremely responsive on slow network conditions as it minimizes the use of data and resources. It also helps smartphone users save storage space on their mobile devices, especially for users with older handsets.” said Jørgen Arnesen, Head of Marketing and Distribution at Opera.
At the end of last year, there were more than 3.8 billion mobile internet users in the world, with smartphones representing 65% of mobile connections according to GSMA. In many cases, those smartphones do not have enough storage capacity and some of them are located in remote areas that often struggle with network connectivity. Opera News Lite has been optimized for such cases, making information more accessible for everyone regardless of geographical location or network connectivity conditions.
Opera News Lite offers the key features of the regular Opera News app such as personalized news articles, notifications about breaking news, and exclusive original content. However, Opera News Lite is ten times lighter than the regular version of the current version of the Opera News application.
Opera News Hub now available in Kenya
Opera is also announcing today the availability of Opera News Hub, an online editorial platform to allow Kenyan content creators can produce, share and monetize their own content across the Opera ecosystem.
Content creators who choose to produce their content with Opera News Hub have the potential to maximise their online visibility and reach an international audience of more than 350 million people using Opera products around the world.
Opera News Hub was initially launched in Lagos, Nigeria in September 2019. In less than six months, more than 35,000 African content creators have joined the platform and who upload thousands of articles to it everyday.
Opera News Lite is now available for download in more than 40 countries.
Applicable countries – Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Egypt, Algeria, Tanzania, Senegal, Zambia, Guinée, Morocco, Congo, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Benin, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Etiopia, Libya, Angola, Tunisia, Mali, Niger, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, Tchad, Madagascar, Togo, Gabon, Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, India, Indonesia, Russia, and United States.