Opera has launched a chat service called Hype in its Opera Mini mobile web browser app in South Africa. This app was launched on 9th June 2021, Hype is a dedicated chat service, built into the Opera Mini mobile web browser, in South Africa, Zambia and Ghana. With the introduction of Hype, Opera is redefining the concept of mobile browsers, providing users with a personalized, engaging browsing experience that enables seamless chatting, surfing and sharing – without compromising speed or driving increased data consumption
According to the EVP Mobile Browsers at Opera, Jørgen Arnesen “Hype is an original instant messaging service from Opera, designed for the new generation of African internet users to elevate the traditional browsing experience and make it more engaging,” The local launch comes after the service was first launched in Kenya earlier on a pilot basis. Since then, it has had more than 400 000 user activations. Meanwhile, more than 10 000 invitations to join Hype are sent every day.
What is Opera Hype?
Hype is the first African-inspired chat service built into a mobile browser, allowing users to easily set up an account and start chatting with secure end-to-end encryption right away. This means users can now browse the web, chat with friends, and share self-created memes, stickers and GIFs with other Hype users, all in one app.Hype was built because younger generations of online users are expecting more social connectivity from the apps they use on their devices. With this integration, Opera Mini becomes the first major browser in the world to integrate a social component that keeps users connected to the ones that matter the most. This unique and innovative blend is something that no other mobile browser in the Google Play Store offers.
Opera has partnered with the leading carriers in South Africa, Zambia and Ghana. Users of Opera Mini and CELL C in South Africa, MTN in Zambia and Vodafone or MTN in Ghana can activate the free data anytime by opening the Feedback Bot in Hype, sending “Unlock my free data” in chat, then clicking the link in the reply message. The free mobile data will be activated when the page is loaded.
What are the features of the Hype chat app?
Hype lets users sign up for an account and immediately send messages to other users via the mobile browser. One of its major features is a built-in meme generator that lets users create original memes and edit font, colours, and placement. This means there is an built-in meme creator in the app. People not only use existing memes, but also wish to create and spread their own. Now, Opera has introduced the first meme creator built directly into a browser’s messenger! Users can choose memes in Hype chat, then edit them by changing the text and experimenting with fonts, colors and placement – more easily than ever. This comes in handy as users no longer need to copy links from websites and switch between apps to share the memes they want.
Opera is constantly working on improving the chatting experience. Hype users can now use link previews, GIF support, and the unique built-in meme creator to make chatting with friends even more personal and fun. Thus Hype supports GIFs, and makes choosing them super simple with its search capabilities and scrollable GIF grid. To help users choose the one they want, GIF previews and full screen view are also available.
Hype comes with the link preview feature. With it, a snapshot preview, website header and description will automatically appear in chat. This function is also available in encrypted chats and on metered networks.
It offers its users a series of stickers created by African artists such as Musonda Kabwe from South Africa and Jonathan Agyei-Peprah from Ghana. The sticker packs have been designed to include everyday expressions currently popular in Sub-Saharan Africa. This unique offer from Hype stands out from other chat services and gives Africans the new ways of expressing themselves more accurately when using chat apps.
Hype also offers the WebSnap feature taken from the Opera desktop browser. WebSnap lets users take and edit snapshots from the internet which can then be shared with other users. Users can also share the link to the original website on which they took the snapshot so users no longer need to switch between apps to share the content they want.
How to set up a Hype account?
- To activate the Hype account, users should have an Opera Mini application.
- To set up an account, open the Opera Mini app on your smartphone and select the Hype logo at the bottom of the browser or through the O menu.
- From there, you can add your name and upload a photo of yourself. The photo will serve as your profile picture.
- Once your account is set up, sync the Hype app with your phone’s contact list to add people to chat with.
- To celebrate the launch Opera has partnered with Cell C to offer 25MB of free browsing and messaging data per day to its customers using Opera Mini.
- To claim the data, customers must click on the Hype feedback bot and send ‘Unlock my free data’ in the chat.
About Opera Mini
Launched in 2006, Opera Mini is a small, fast and powerful browser. It comes with unique features such as Data Compression, Offline File Sharing, and a built-in Ad-blocker. Today, Opera Mini is used by more than 170 million people who chose it over the pre-installed browsers on Android mobile devices. Opera Mini has a 4.3 star rating on Google Play and has been reviewed by more than seven million people worldwide.
Opera is a leading global web innovator with an engaged and growing base of hundreds of millions of monthly active users. Building on over 25 years of innovation that started with browser products, Opera is increasingly leveraging its brand as well as its massive and highly active user base in order to expand its offerings and business. Today, Opera offers users around the world a range of products and services that include PC and mobile browsers, the AI-powered newsreader Opera News, and recently launched fintech and classifieds apps. Opera is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (OPRA).