Tech in Asia Meetup is heading to Yangon - this time with Opera, featuring Huib Kleinhout, the Product Manager of Opera Coast. Join us for an evening of insight into the battlefield for the mobile consumer and a peek into the future.
With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, the browser has a different role in the app world. Apps pull in popular web content directly, making the browser an alien app for accessing "the rest of the web". As a result the browser is getting used less and less every year, seemingly on track to irrelevance. However, the number of websites is still growing rapidly and web technology is more popular than ever. While apps and the mobile web each have unique strengths and benefits, they face similar challenges. Both ecosystems struggle to keep content and services discoverable and keep sites and apps from getting outdated or broken.
Will apps succeed in reinventing basic features of the mobile web by offering app-linking and in-app search, or will the mobile web catch up quicker with hardware access, performance and a mobile optimised user experience? Can one of these worlds win, or will they simply co-exist until the next disruption?
Huib Kleinhout, Product Manager of Opera Coast
A Netherlands native is changing the way the world browses. Huib Kleinhout is the man behind Opera Coast. He was working on the Desktop team at Opera since 2005*. When he came up with his idea, and got support to pursue it, he started his very own project developing what would become Opera Coast. This app had passed 1 million downloads within 30 days of its launch on iPhone version. It was named one of TIME’s Top 10 Apps of 2013 and the "five you can't-miss app" by Mashable. E-week described Opera Coast as "a Brand-New Approach to the Mobile Browser". It also won “Best Software” award by WebIT Congress,“Best Utility App” award and the coveted “App of the Year” award by Norway’s Gulltasten 2013.
Before joining Opera, Huib did his master thesis at Philips Research.He is co-inventor of some patents from Philips Research that form the basis of multitouch (which Apple popularized in the iPhone). He had studied in Eindhoven, technical university, one year electrical engineering, then a master in technology and society.
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