Opera Mini Takes Mobile Browsing By Storm

When I dumped my old Symbian phone and went Android Opera Mini was one of the first apps I loaded. I rarely ever use the native browsers on any phone because they are limited and Skyfire just didn’t rock my boat. It now looks as though a hell of a lot of people agree with me.

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 data 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.

What is your mobile browser of choice and why?

Kevin Tea is a journalist and marketing communications professional who has worked for some of the leading blue chip companies in the UK and Europe. In the 1990s he became interested in how emerging Internet-based technologies could change the way that people worked and became an administrator on the Telework Europa Forum on CompuServe. With other colleagues he took part in a four year European Commission sponsored project to look at the way that the Internet could benefit remote communities. His blog is a resource for SMEs who want to use cloud computing and Web 2.0 technologies.