Rumor: Facebook looking to purchase Opera and launch its own browser

Well Facebook is just buying companies like there is no tomorrow. They have recently purchased Karma, Instagram and Lightbox, and it seems they are not stopping any time soon. According to the latest rumors, Facebook is planning to purchase Opera Software (Opera Browser developer) and launch its very own browser.

The rumor comes from Pocket-Lint’s sources, who claim that the company is planning to compete against Google, Microsoft, Apple and Mozilla in the Browser wars. Opera happens to be a very popular and good browser, which would give Facebook a good head start – Opera currently has around 200 million users through all platforms.

It seems like it would be hard for Facebook to be able to compete against Chrome, though, which has recently become the most popular browser in the world. But could Facebook take a good spot in the browser world if it plays its cards right? We will have to wait and see.

One thing is for sure, Facebook is definitely investing a lot of money. We can see a future where the Social Network Giant is present all over the internet. What do you guys think? Would you go for Facebook Browser on your computer or Android device, instead of Chrome?

[Source: Pocket-Lint]

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  • Aaron Soles

    No I been getting tired of Facebook . Plus they will probably load ads on it too.

  • Caffiend

    Ohhh, S**t no! I like Opera! Please, no. Here’s an idea, buy up the rights to the affable mobile browsers out there, (Dolphin, Steel etc…) and use those to better both your existing mobile interface and do whatever it is you stand to gain from acquiring Opera. Rather than to compete with Google (Chrome) using Opera, (and that’s what you’re really doing…. Just calling a spade a spade here…) set a standard and compete from there. Opera already competes with Chrome, FF, and IE. Buying them out, and FB’ing it all up won’t result in anything short of the “Disney-fication” of a great service.

  • tehsusenoh

    No! I don’t wan’t a good company like Opera to get absorbed into Facebook. The Opera team does a great job with Opera for the computer and mobile, and Facebook would kill that.

  • Mhmmd Barjas

    It`s a good idea to invest and to be a creative, but we have to keep in mind Facebook has it own people like Apple and Android… So we shouldn`t discourage anyone from doing good think.

  • robjackson81

    Facebook is trying to be Google and expand laterally. can’t blame them but not sure they can be successful spreading their net. no pun intended.

  • Guest

    Just waiting for Apple to launch it’s own social network along with it’s own search engine and it’s rumored maps service. Stop trying to be like Google .

    • JBrowne1012

      Apple doesn’t make products they steal them and claim them as their own.

  • Cosmo, UK

    I have been using Opera for literally years on the mobile and desktop format, FACEBOOK NO……

    Why spoil a good thing (Opera), not much of a facebook fan I prefer real people that like to do real things that you can’t do on line

    • JBrowne1012

      Is this one of those things you real people do?

  • Tarik Husejinovic

    Opera used to be my favorite browser, but then Chrome took over.

    I still use it as my secondary browser on occasions, so I’m glad that the people who develop the browser will end up being paid.
    Good for them.

  • JulianZHuang

    opera is the only browser i use on my gn… dont make it into another facebook app!!!

  • Chace Thibodeaux

    Depending on the price, I think this could be a good move for FB. It’s funny seeing people say things like “trying to be like Google”, but if FB didn’t do stuff like and ended up going out of business, everyone would be laughing @ them and saying how stupid they were for not adapting, like Myspace.

    • JBrowne1012

      Whats myspace?

  • FrillArtist

    If that happens, I will instantly uninstall Opera.

    • JBrowne1012

      I’m with you… If I still had it installed.


    hey, if we all download this, maybe facebook will just learn everything about us, then they will wipe our minds, take over, and pretend to be us.

  • Michael Quinlan

    I will immediately stop using anything that Facebook buys.

    On my 1024×768 laptop screen Opera was indispensable with its “fit to width” option; this was often required when viewing forums. But since I got my desktop with a wide screen monitor I’ve been using Chrome exclusively.

  • JonJJon

    Why can’t someone stomp all over Facebooks buying stampede like Google got stomped on for ages etc etc, in other words Facebook needs to stop buy buy buying and focus on what they have already got, which is apparently too much as nothing of theirs is great, its all now mediocre.

  • Digi Fix It

    It will ruin opera. I can just imagine all sorts of issues with privacy and your browsing history will probably end up on your timeline! I’ll stick to chrome

    • JBrowne1012

      I’ll stick to Dolphin HD

  • setulf

    Facebook. Stop taking everyone down with you. GEEZ.

  • oneillperson

    Really? How could FB come up with anything to compete with Chrome?

  • chris125

    Well they need something after their stock is taking a plunge and not doing as well as they were hoping.

  • Aeires

    Hopefully FB will buy itself into oblivion. For a site that offers what it does, the security is atrocious. Just wish phones would stop being released with a FB app, I’m one of those who will never use it.

    • JBrowne1012

      Simply uninstall then if you don’t want to use it.

  • Weezer

    I can hardly wait for it to broadcast to all of your friends every time you visit a porn site!

  • molomolo
  • Unorthodox

    Facebook, why don’t you buy IE and then you both die at last.

  • ColtonWalker

    It would have to be pretty impressive to make me stop using chrome

  • TheDood

    Meh, I use Google Chrome.

  • ShangTsung702

    Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Opera is the BEST Android browser. This will completely destroy Opera. Sadly, I will have to switch to Miren browser, the second best one.

    I’m already feeling sad over this.

  • tn7871

    Looks like I need to find a new backup browser. Just the rumor is enough for me. What if Facebook buys them 6 months from now? Do they get all of Opera’s records too?

  • surethom

    I really hope this does not happen but Facebook is going to use its new billions to buy new companies so it can make more profit to justify its flotation price.

  • Thomas Clark

    FrillArtist, you said it for me. If the developers at Opera do sell up to Facebook, then good for them. They created a fantastic piece of software and as such deserve the sort of remuneration that the takeover would bring.

    A fantastic piece of software, that is, which I shall immediately uninstall from all of my devices should this rumour come true.

    Anyone else frequently try to use the Opera mouse gesture “right-click-and-drag-down-to-open-the-link-in-a-new-tab” in another browser? IT DOESN’T WORK!

  • bob

    They gotta do something with all that IPO cash before the FCC seizes it as part of their investigation. LOL!

  • DarrenR

    Yuck. I like Opera.

  • tizzyzz

    If Facebook buys opera I will have to find another browser as I can’t stand Facebook or their products would uninstall opera like I did facebook