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Opera browser proves popular on the Iphone

Opera Mini has a firm footing
Wed Apr 28 2010, 14:57

NORWEGIAN WEB BROWSER FIRM Opera has produced a report on how Iphone users have adopted its Mini application. In short, they have.

Today the firm said that the Iphone is already the third-most popular handset for Opera users, just a few weeks after its release. The results came in Opera's latest State of the Mobile Web report, which it explained had seen a number of changes thanks to the varied geographical adoption of the Iphone version.

The report finds that soon, thanks to the Iphone release, the USA will have the fifth most Opera users, and will continue to climb in numbers, while in the last report it was eighth. In doing so, Opera added, it will displace other markets including Nigeria, South Africa and the Ukraine. The Iphone is currently the most used device by Opera Mini users in the United States, and according to Opera is 'well ahead of Blackberry', which led the table in the last report.

In Europe, the UK has the most users, and is followed by Poland and Germany. Overall, by March 2010, Opera Mini had over 55.2 million users, a 9.3 per cent increase from February 2010 and up more than 140 per cent compared to March 2009.

Other interesting statistics include the fact that Mini users generated over 396 million megabytes of data for operators. The firm added that without the browsers inbuilt compression tools, which compresses by up to 90 per cent, this would have amounted to 3.6 petabytes.

"These numbers are more than just bragging rights; they are proof that the joint efforts of our industry matter," said Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera Software. "We can clearly see that making the Web available to everyone, no matter where they are or how they choose to access it, makes a difference." Overall though, users prefer Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets when accessing the net, the firm added.

Opera also announced a version of its main browser, 10.52 for Mac and Windows, explaining that it has had a number of bugs fixed and an overall 'polish'.

A list of fixes and new features is available through its desktop developer blog. µ



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