In the year 2017, the company that produced Opera, the browser for the rest of the rest of us, but not that group of the rest of us, became publicly traded after being purchased by a Chinese investor group.
Since then anything not Chrome has been sinking in market share. So Opera decided to do what any good browser based company would do and turn to predatory lending apps in violation of Google Play’s terms of service.
Opera’s investor site claims the report has numerous errors, but you can check out people’s experiences on the various Opera loan app reviews. I’m seeing reviews of phone calls from random numbers, multiple texts days before demanding payment, and a host of activity that I’m pretty sure is not legal in the US and hopefully not elsewhere.
Fun times. [Android Police]
Also sometime quietly last month Google gained sentience and will be adding the internet to the list of things killed by google in 2022.