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Monday, February 14, 2011

Opera browser records 100m per month on mobiles

Co-founder of Norway-based Opera Software, Mr. Jon von Tetzchner, has confirmed that that over 100 million people use an Opera browser each month on their mobile phones.

According to the numbers issued by Opera on State of the Mobile Web report, 90.4 million people now use Opera Mini every month and approximately 15 million people use Opera Mobile each month.

In all, the report said that 105 million people use Opera on their phones.“Experts all have some date when they claim the mobile Web will overtake the PC web — we’re watching that transition now,” Tetzchner said, stressing that rather than think of numbers, they think of people.

“100 million is the beginning of a new era for the Web. In the next few years, hundreds of millions of people will take their first baby steps online. They will make their voices heard across their country and around the world. They will not only discover new ideas, but contribute their own,” he said.

Opera Software, he said, defends those voices and celebrates those ideas with believe that access to the Web is a universal right, and no device is more universal than a mobile phone.

“Every month, we cover the mobile Web in greater detail than any other company can,” he said.
Opera, he pointed out has shown at the 2011 Mobile World Congress, which commences today in Spain, that 105 million people might use Opera’s browsers today, but Opera Software cares even more about tomorrow.

“At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, new versions of the Opera Mini browser on Android, iPhone, J2ME, BlackBerry, Symbian and even the iPad will appear,” he said, stressing that the Opera Mobile browser would not be left behind either with the latest version for Android and Symbian making their debut.

“Come by the booth to say hello, check out what is coming up next, or tell us what you would like to see from us next,” he said.

The chief executive officer, Opera Software, Mr. Lars Boilesen, said that their developers have been hard at work building the mobile browser of the future — for both consumers and mobile operators.

“We want our browser to impact lives in a meaningful way. It’s one reason we use mostly renewable resources to power Opera Mini’s servers. It’s why we make it light, so you don’t have to recharge your battery every few hours. It’s why Opera Mini and Opera Mobile can help operators reduce the bandwidth that clogs their networks,” he said.

Emphasising that a browser may never change the world, but Opera would never stop trying to.
ITRealms Online recalls that Opera Software ASA has redefined web browsing for Personal Computers (PCs), mobile phones and other networked devices.

Opera’s cross-platform web-browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience.

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