Opera had over 200 million users of its Opera Mini and Opera Mobile web browsers in June, the company reports.
Most of the last ten years saw the Norwegian web browser maker ramping up efforts on its mobile web browsers. However, it still lags against rivals Google and Firefox, both of which apply continuous developmental changes and updates to their respective browsers.
The recent figures released by Opera means that it keeps a large following made up of more than 200 million users across multiple platforms with its Opera Mini and Opera Mobile for the last month alone.
The company claimed that 17 million users accessed the internet through Opera Mobile while a staggering 183 million users used Opera Mini.
Usage of Opera browsers increased 47 percent from the same period last year, an astounding figure despite Google’s power over Android’s default browser and Chrome, and Apple’s iOS web browser, Safari.
Opera CEO Lars Boilesen said, “Two hundred million people use Opera Mini and Opera Mobile to connect to the world around them. For many of them, a browser is more than a tool to ‘browse the web’. Sometimes it’s a school when you can afford none, sometimes it’s the only line to an outside world shut off by an oppressive regime. Providing a service that reliably and cheaply delivers critical information to just about everyone with a phone is the reason Opera makes browsers.”
Opera Mini and Mobile (via Turbo) use server-side data compression to speed up the transit and loading time of web pages on GPRS/EDGE connections.
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