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Opera Mini Had Over 85.5 Million Users In December, Up 84 Percent From 2009

January 20th, 2011 01:54 admin View Comments

2010 was a big year for Opera’s mobile browser, Opera Mini. The browser’s iPhone app was approved, saw one million downloads in the first day and since the mobile browser has been growing like gangbusters. Today, Opera released its state of the mobile report showing that Opera finished the year off with additional growth.

In December 2010, Opera Mini had over 85.5 million users, a 6.8% increase from November 2010 and an 84.7% increase in unique users since December 2009. Opera Mini users viewed over 46.7 billion pages in December 2010, which is a 4.6% percent increase since November, and a 125.5% increase in page views since December 2009.

In December 2010, Opera Mini users generated over 706 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since November, the data consumed went up by 4.3%. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 6.5 petabytes of data in December.

With the holiday shopping season in full swing in December, Opera took a look at traffic to e-commerce giant Amazon, with percentage of Opera Mini users who accessed Amazon (per month) went from 3.8% in January 2010 to 7.4% in December.

Shoppers in the U.S. and Germany doubled their number of page views to Amazon towards the end of the year, as compared to the start of 2010, as mobile shopping heated up.

Opera also delved into usage in ten countries in Africa (South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Sudan, Libya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Namibia), with page views in these countries increasing by 365%, unique users up 176% and data transferred up by 331%. Sudan and Zimbabwe lead the top 10 countries of the region in terms of page-view growth (4908.2 % and 2321.6 %, respectively).

And in the top 10 African countries, Facebook and Google vied for the website with the most visits. In 6 out of the top 10 countries, Facebook was number one. In the remaining 4 countries, Google was number one. YouTube, Yahoo, and Wikipedia were also highly visited in these countries.

Source: Opera Mini Had Over 85.5 Million Users In December, Up 84 Percent From 2009

Opera Mini Had 76.3 Million Users In October, Up 92 Percent From Last Year

November 24th, 2010 11:40 admin View Comments

Opera’s mobile browser, Opera Mini has had a big year. It’s iPhone app was approved, saw one million downloads in the first day and since the mobile browser has been growing like gangbusters. Today, Opera released its state of the mobile report showing that Opera is continuing to grow in terms of usage.

In October, Opera Mini had over 76.3 million users, a 7.1% increase from September 2010 and more than 92% compared to October 2009. Opera Mini users viewed over 41.6 billion pages in October 2010, which is an increase of 142% since last October.

In the past month, Opera Mini users generated over 616 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since September, the data consumed went up by 15.1% and dat traffic is up 134% since last year. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 5.7 petabytes of data in October.

The report also took a look at usage in the countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. From October 2009 to October 2010, page views in these countries increased by 128%, unique users increased by 44% and data transferred increased by 119%. The most popular sites include Vkontakte, Yandex, Odnoklassniki.ru, Google, and Mail.ru.

Another interesting data point in the report related to a survey of how Gen Y users are interacting with their mobile phones. Almost 90% of respondents in the United States aged 18-27 have used their phones to share pictures. Respondents in the U.S. were least likely to have asked someone out on a date via SMS (44%). Respondents in China (84%), Germany (84%) and Vietnam (83%) are most likely to have used SMS texts to ask someone out on a date.

Opera reports that 53% of respondents in the United States and 57% of respondents in China rarely or never read physical newspapers. And 44% of U.S. respondents were somewhat to very uncomfortable sharing their personal information online.

Source: Opera Mini Had 76.3 Million Users In October, Up 92 Percent From Last Year

Behold Opera Mobile For Android: Speedy, Pinch-To-Zoom, Geolocation And More

November 8th, 2010 11:00 admin View Comments

Opera Software has released its (second) free mobile browser product for the Android platform. Grab the app, dubbed Opera Mobile 10.1 beta, now in Android Market or here.

Yes, Opera was already available for Android, in a fairly limited way. Opera Mini, has been live on the market since July, but now you can also download the company’s full-fledged browser, Opera Mobile, from the application store.

Here’s what it’s packing:

- speedy page loading compared to other browsers, particularly on slower networks (courtesy of Opera Turbo)

- smooth scrolling, zooming and panning (rather than having to tap to zoom in, which is definitely a huge improvement)

- Speed Dial

- Visual tabs for easy tab management —>

- Built-in geolocation support

- Ability to sync bookmarks across devices

- SVG support

As I had mentioned earlier, the release of the public beta version of Opera Mobile for Android was just a matter of time, as the product already existed, albeit for the Norwegian company’s OEM partners only.

Now that it’s available for direct download for end users, you’d be wrong not to check it out.

Fellow TechCrunch writer Jason Kincaid installed a build of the app on his Android smartphone this morning and confirmed that it feels snappier than the native browser that came installed on it. Obviously, more robust side-by-side testing is welcome here.

The browser is available in Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Here’s an earlier video I recorded, featuring Opera Mobile & Devices product manager Phillip Grønvold giving me a demo of the app on his Samsung Galaxy S phone:

Source: Behold Opera Mobile For Android: Speedy, Pinch-To-Zoom, Geolocation And More

Coming Soon: Opera Mobile For Android, Desktop Browser Extensions

October 14th, 2010 10:59 admin View Comments

I’m here in Oslo, Norway, attending Opera Software‘s global press day, and the company’s just made a number of announcements on stage – unfortunately while I wasn’t able to enjoy a second of internet connectivity.

Now that things have cleared up on that front, here are some of the most important things Opera’s executive team announced:

Opera Mobile for Android

While the company’s other mobile browser product, Opera Mini, has been available for Android handsets since July, the platform is will soon be getting its full-fledged browser, Opera Mobile.

The product will be free of charge and available in beta sometime next month.

Opera 11 with add-ons

Finally, Opera’s desktop browser will get the ability to be customized by users via extensions. No word on availability but you should be able to download it before the end of the year.

Hardware acceleration and pinch-to-zoom for Opera’s mobile browsers

Both Opera Mini and Opera Mobile users will soon be able to download a more polished version that – finally – includes pinch-to-zoom functionality, which makes for a much smoother browsing experience any way you look at it.

Also on the roadmap: hardware acceleration for smooth panning and zooming (which will be useful for a number of user interface experiences, as well as more robust gameplay etc.)

Source: Coming Soon: Opera Mobile For Android, Desktop Browser Extensions

Apple Approves Opera Mini For iPhone

April 13th, 2010 04:15 admin View Comments

andylim writes “Opera today announced its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini, has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Opera Mini will be available in less than 24 hours, market by market, as a free download. Here’s the download URL for when it goes live.”

Source: Apple Approves Opera Mini For iPhone

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