Opera, once known mostly for its browser, has been diversifying its activities. Its latest venture is Opera Apps Club, a Netflix-like, all you can eat subscription service.
Basically, you sign up for the Club and can download any app from the 150 global and local publishers and developers. Payment is done through the carrier, so no need for credit cards (great in emerging markets where plastic money is rare).
Ads are removed from ad-supported apps and you get credit for in-app purchases. 34 carriers are supported currently and Opera can customize the experience for each carrier.
The app is based on Bemobi (which Opera acquired in 2015) and promises to reach 500 million customers, giving publishers and developers a new way to monetize their content.
One key piece of info is missing though - how much is it?
It is strange that Google have not found a solution for this with various large carriers. It should be pretty easy to do technically. One way would be that you simply had a pool at the carrier for the Android-Market, it could be with on demand fillin...
Google cannot stop this. opera isn't using the Playstore. They have their own store like Amazon app store.
Seems nice, specially for india, where card money is rare, i never downloaded any app due to international payment issue of my card