"Google and Opera have established a valuable relationship over the years and we look forward to continued collaboration on mobile products," explained Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner. "With 2008 poised to be the year the mobile Web goes mainstream, Google and Opera are extending this collaboration to give our users immediate access to the quality and convenience of Google's search results."
With the mobile wars heating up, Google's win is no small thing. By becoming Opera's go-to search engine, it gains direct access to tens of millions of additional hands and, even more importantly, eyes. Opera Mini has - for example - been installed on over 100 million phones and used to browse over 1.7 billion pages.
Not only that, since most people don't bother changing the default search engine on a mobile browser, even if they prefer another one, todays news gives Google a huge advantage over competitors like Yahoo in the mobile space.
Opera Mini is the Norwegian company's free mobile browser for Java-capable mobile phones and smartphones.
This article was first published on PDAStreet.com.