Over the last few days I've been reading constant references to Google's Chrome browser and how it will eventually find its way to mobile phones. This, according to some people, spells trouble for Opera, since our main source of revenue is the mobile phone market.
I am quite surprised that both journalists and industry analysts seem to have missed the fact that Google already has a mobile browser. It might not be called "Chrome", but it's using the same engine, namely Apple's WebKit. If one were to simplify this a lot, "Chrome" for mobile phones has been available for as long as Google's mobile operating system, Android, has been available.
If a mobile browser from Google would spell trouble for Opera, that should have happened several months ago! …
Even Google founder Sergey Brin's comment on Chrome and Android makes this clear. However, the a lot of people seem to have read his statements in a way which makes it sound like a mobile browser from Google is big news. What he really said is that the two browser projects have been separate until now, but that they could share more code, and they could rename the Android browser to "Chrome".
How did journalists and analyst miss the part where he clearly referred to two different browser projects? How was just about every single journalists and analyst I've seen able to forget about Google's existing mobile browser? I guess I'll never know.
Chrome as a desktop browser is basically irrelevant to Opera on mobile phones. Chrome as a mobile browser already exists for all intents and purposes, and has been around for a few months already. It just hasn't been called "Chrome" so far.