deCarta to Location-enable Opera Browsers
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, February 15, 2010 – Opera Software, the leading mobile-browser provider announced a strategic partnership with deCarta, Inc., to bring maps, local search and travel routes to the Opera browser family. Opera users will be able to access location services directly, based on deCarta’s market-leading technology, adding new functionality and context to the browsing experience.
Location-enabled services have shown dramatic growth in the past twelve months. As GPS is integrated into more handsets, many mobile services use that location to provide valuable context for the user experience, whether seeing information on a map, finding places nearby or getting directions.
Under this agreement, Opera can refer its users to access maps, local search and travel routes quickly, localized for their region.
"Location is becoming more and more important for a full Web experience", said Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer of Opera Software. "With this partnership, Opera continues to expand its innovative offerings to bring our users a more convenient browsing experience."
"Opera has established a reputation for innovation and performance in browsers, earning them tremendous penetration and reach on both desktops and mobile devices", said J. Kim Fennell, CEO and President of deCarta. "We’re delighted that Opera chose deCarta to differentiate their LBS offering in the market. This strategic relationship with Opera should extend mapping and local search capability to hundreds of millions of new users worldwide."
deCarta and Opera will be at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 15-18, 2010.
About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross-platform Web-browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com/.
deCarta is the leading independent geospatial software platform that has enabled some of the industry’s most successful Location-Based Services (LBS) applications. The company’s technology is ideal for high-volume LBS applications in the mobile, personal navigation, enterprise fleet and Internet markets where scalability, speed and reliability are vital. deCarta’s solutions are preferred by application developers, service providers, and mobile handset OEMS who seek to leverage deCarta’s unique strengths of server-side, wireless LBS and Search expertise, and also want the flexibility to customize LBS offerings and self-brand. Some of deCarta’s customers and technology partners include Appello, ATX, AutoTrader.co.uk, Ford, FullPower, Gearworks, General Motors OnStar, Hotels.com, INRIX, LG electronics, Local Matters, loopt, Maps.com, Multimap, NAVTEQ, Networks In Motion, Opera, T-Mobile, Samsung, Tele Atlas, Verizon and WHERE. deCarta is privately held and headquartered in San Jose, California with international offices in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and China. www.decarta.com.