In a new development, Norwegian browser development firm Opera took over application seller Handster earler today.

The move comes as part of the enhanced services Opera plans to offer in the near future. The application market is an extremely lucrative one with many developers rushing in to create apps for various platforms.

Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera said,

“Opera is evolving from being a browser company into a fully integrated mobile services company and this acquisition is an important step in that direction. Handster will enable us to strengthen our mobile store offerings to consumers, mobile operators and handset manufacturers.”

Handster, the Illinois based web platform lets users download applications for various platforms like Andriod, iOS to name a few. Applications related to Business, Entertainment and Education can be purchased from the website.

The application provider claims to have the largest collection of Android apps outside the Android Market. Applications for notebooks and tablets are also available on the browser.

Opera did not reveal the amount at which they purchased Handster. But, according to them, the new move will help increase the chances of attracting more people to use their services.

With Google Chrome launching a new version of their browser, this new move will be helpful for Opera to maintain their footing in the browser market.