The Facebook buying Opera rumours have gone into overdrive and if the latest bit of news is to be believed then Facebook has apparently removed Google’s popular Chrome browser from the list of its supported and recommended browsers and the company has replaced it with Opera. While that page is no longer available, Favbrowser managed to grab the cache of the page along with a screenshot which can be viewed below. The validity of this news though could well be questioned as Facebook’s official support page still has the major four browsers listed. With rumours about a new Facebook phone coming up and their rumoured interest in buying Opera, this change of love may carry some weight.
Along with Opera, the image also shows Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer as supported browsers. While Facebook and Opera haven’t commented on this matter, it’s worthy to mention that we’ve been using Facebook on our Chrome browser and it has been working without any problems. On the same topic, ZDNet’s Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols mentions that, ‘I think that Facebook buying the Opera Web browser would be a silly move. You know what would be an even dumber move though? Dropping the increasingly popular Google Chrome in favor of Opera as a recommended Web browser.’ He further went on to mention that all these reports are pretty untrue.
Cash strapped Facebook might just be on the lookout for a browser and they might just cough up close to $800 million for Opera, which might be one of their investments in their upcoming project, the Facebook phone. A Facebook phone is coming soon, as early as next year and there have been reports that it will run on Linux and Opera. Facebook did hire a couple of Apple engineers in order to design hardware and software and with the rumoured buying of Opera, it’s pretty easy to put two and two together to concoct up a new Facebook Phone. However till then, it’s safe to dispose off this apparent no-love situation that has been cooked up between Facebook and Chrome.