Opera’s Not-So-Mini Success
The company’s Java ME-based Opera Mini browser has viewed more than one billion pages as of July 25. That means that every second Opera Mini servers compressed more than 11,500 pages to send to its 3,000 phone models across the globe. (See Opera Intros New Mini & Mobile Browsers.)
Opera Mini, which recently shed its Beta tag, has been moving rapidly along this path for a while. It passed 100 million page views for the first time two years ago and grew to an average of 910 million by June 2010, an increase of more than 161 percent from the previous year. (See Opera Mini usage Grows 11% and Opera Launches Mini 5 Beta for Android.)
Considering that Android and the iPhone (Opera is an option on both), and many others, have their own native browsers, it’s significant that so many users are seeking an alternative. It's even more impressive, considering how much stock Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has put in its browser, calling it the most important mobile app it has, although the two are not mutually exclusive. (See Google: Browser Is Most Popular Android App, Opera's Browser on the iPhone? How? Why?, and Opera Mini Launches on Android.)
Opera’s shtick is a compression technology that compresses Web page content up to 90 percent on its own servers before sending it to the device, making it faster for page loading and browsing, as well as cheaper to surf the Net.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile