For a company that just laid off most of its developers and resigned itself to being a rebranded Google Chrome, this cannot be coincidental.
Laid off most of its developers? Opera had nearly a thousand employees, and hundreds of people working on the browser. 90 people left or were fired, and only about half were engineers (meaning programmers or testers). So if we assume that around half of the engineers who left were developers, something like 20-25 out of several hundred developers are now gone.
Most of its developers?
As for being a rebranded Chrome, the new Opera actually has a totally new user interface, and is not just using Chrome's.
The only vestige of any use from the former Opera Software is Fastmail.fm, and the developers struggle mightily to keep that branch as separate as possible from the Mother Ship.
Right. Your claims are really believable, considering that you made the outrageously false claim that they fired most of their developers when the fact is that they only fired a fraction of them.
This is not the first sign that Opera is dead, but the bad news keeps piling on for this company. First the loss of mobile space due to actual smart phones, then the dropping of support for non-Windows PCs and non-Android smartphones, rumors rampant of a Facebook/someone else takeover, throwing away fifteen years of incremental browser improvement to become a Chrome skin (and thus breaking services like Opera Link), etc. Opera is DOOMED.
Opera is doomed, eh? That must be why they announced a growth to more than 300 million active users a while back. That must be why they are not only profitable, but constantly growing their revenues and profits. Yes, a doomed company which is growing like crazy and getting new users all the time.
Did Opera lose the mobile space to smartphones? That doesn't make sense. They said that most of their new users were actually on smartphones. Again you seem to be making up a lot of weird claims.
I don't know where you are getting you info from, but it's all wrong.