Happy Birthday, Opera Mini


A year on from its introduction (with 3 billion page views and 10 million users), Opera Mini has transformed the Mobile Web experience for all of us and it is truly an OpenGardens experience. Truly as fantastic achievement! The full press release is on the Opera Site and below

Oslo, Norway – 26 January 2007

This week Opera Software celebrates the one-year anniversary of Opera Mini. Within its first year, Opera Mini has changed the way millions of people access and view the Web on their mobile phone. Designed to work with almost any mobile phone, Opera Mini is available free from www.operamini.com.

“This is a celebration for our users,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Thanks to the more than 10 million people who have downloaded and used Opera Mini, we’ve changed the way users and mobile operators think about the mobile Web. Because of the tremendous grassroots support, Opera Mini is now a movement.”

Opera Mini lets you take the Web with you. Instead of limited WAP content, you are free to browse the Web the same way you would at home on your laptop or desktop computer. You can use Opera Mini to post pictures to MySpace, search the Web using Yahoo!, shop on Amazon or check Gmail.

“People want to communicate with friends, read their favorite blogs and check email; it’s not sufficient to offer them limited WAP content,” said Ajit Jaokar, CEO of FutureText and author of ‘Open Gardens: The innovator’s guide to the Mobile data industry’. “At the same time, offering full Web access to subscribers drives more revenue for the mobile operator. It becomes a win-win proposition for everyone.”

Opera Mini Factbox

Numbers Behind Opera Mini

Opera Mini continues to generate substantial mobile browsing traffic. Here are a few facts:

• 3 billion cumulative pages viewed with Opera Mini

• 10 million cumulative Opera Mini users

• Opera’s servers present 300 complete web pages to users per second

Interesting Revelations

• Brunei Darrussalam has the world’s greatest penetration of Opera Mini users per capita

• Sudan, the Maldives, Cote d’Ivoire and Bangladesh have the highest concentration of Opera Mini users per mobile phone

• If you are in the U.S., you most likely run Opera Mini on a Motorola RAZR V3, BlackBerry Pearl or BlackBerry 8700

• If you are in the U.K., you most likely run Opera Mini on a Sony Ericsson K800i, Sony Ericsson K750i or BlackBerry 8700

• If you are in Russia, you most likely run Opera Mini on a Sony Ericsson K750i, Nokia 6230i or Sony Ericsson K700i

• If you are in Germany, you most likely run Opera Mini on a Sony Ericsson K800i, Sony Ericsson K610i or Sony Ericsson P990i