Opera Rolls Out In-built Chat Service Hype, For South Africans


June 9, 2021, 1:52 p.m.

Multi-platform web browser Opera has today announced a rollout of its in-built chat service Hype for South Africans. The introduction of Hype is redefining the concept of mobile browsers, providing users with a personalized, engaging experience that enables seamless chatting, surfing, and sharing – without compromising speed or driving increased data consumption.

The first African-inspired and youth-focused chat service will allow users to browse the web, chat with friends, and share self-created memes, stickers, and GIFs with other Hype users, all in one app.

“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. With Opera Mini and a Hype account, South Africans can enjoy a browsing and chatting ecosystem tailored to their needs,” said Jørgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile Browsers at Opera. “Hype bridges cultures from Sub-Saharan Africa with mobile technology, as the world’s first African-inspired chat service.”

Hype was first launched in 2021 in Kenya as a pilot market, and it is already showing impressive results with more than 400k activations and more than 10k invites to join Hype per day.

Hype’s key properties are a Link Preview feature‒‒that will allow users to see contents behind links before tapping on them, Meme Creator, GIF Support, and a Websnap—that will allow users to take a snapshot of web contents and edit it as they want.

As a response to the high cost of data in South Africa, Opera has partnered with CELL C in South Africa to enable free daily browsing and chatting for those using the service. Users of Opera Mini and CELL C can activate the free data anytime by opening the Feedback Bot in Hype. All they have to do is send “Unlock my free data” in chat then click the link in the reply message. The free 25MB of mobile data per day will be activated when the page is loaded.

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