Opera becomes the default browser for Nokia X phones

Microsoft is letting Nokia continue with its range of Nokia X phones – with the new X2 being launched today – and a further interesting development is that Redmond has also signed up Opera as the default browser on these budget-friendly customised Android handsets.

Opera might not seem like the first choice Microsoft would make, but as a mobile browser it is known for its optimisation technology which helps speed site loading (always a boon when it comes to mobile broadband).

Opera Turbo is the name of the feature that uses data compression to ease mobile bandwidth worries, and cut down considerably on the amount of data which is transferred to the device when loading a web page.

The browser also offers several other novel features, including Speed Dial entries to your favourite websites which can be stored in folders, and the Discover feature which combs the web and highlights content that other folks have found interesting.

Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software, said of the partnership: "Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies. We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box."