GetJar and Opera have resolved their differences over the Opera Mini browser, and it’s now back in GetJar’s app store for downloads, according to a GetJar blog post cheekily titled “Soap Opera.”
If you’ll recall, GetJar kicked Opera Mini out of its app store earlier this month because Opera Mini contained its own app store in the browser, and GetJar was worried about the competitive effects. At the time, Opera sounded like it was ready to play hardball, telling mocoNews that “Having an app store is more important to us right now than being on GetJar.” However, Opera Mini 6 is out, and it’s once again available for download in Getjar. It’s not clear whether or not Opera pulled its own app store in order to be relisted in the store: a GetJar representative did not immediately return an e-mail seeking clarification.
As app stores proliferate and application discovery becomes more and more important with hundreds of thousands of mobile applications available for various platforms, such disputes are likely to become more common. GetJar and Opera could probably use one another, however, as GetJar butts heads with deep-pocked app store competitors like Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), Google (NSDQ: GOOG), and Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), and Opera likewise has its own giants to slay in the mobile browser world.
Updated 5:14 p.m. PT: Opera responded to an inquiry from my colleague Ingrid Lunden regarding any changes to the app, and here’s what they had to say: “The only difference … in this version is that the Speed Dial link that is generally assigned to the Opera Mobile Store (Opera’s app store) is substituted with a link to the GetJar store.” So that downplays Opera’s app store to a certain extent, although of course one can still access it through the Web. GetJar still hasn’t responded on questions about their role in the decision.