Yes, 80 million people are using the Opera browser. On top of that, Opera users managed to get 44.6 billion page views in the month of November alone, as mentioned in Opera’s State of the Mobile Web address.
Most of the time that isn’t a statistic can that can be acquired very easily, accurately or that quickly. How did Opera pull it off? It’s all in the unique way their browser does business, and the reason it’s so popular in the mobile world. Normally when a user requests a web page, the browser goes right to the site and brings back content. This content is usually made for desktop/laptop setups that are on much faster broadband connections. What Opera Mini does different is when a user requests a web page the browser heads to Opera’s servers first, those servers then go to the website to request content, it’s sent back to Opera’s servers, compressed about 90% on average and finally makes its way to the consumer’s device. And in the world of monthly caps, every MB counts.
Let me pilfer the key details IntoMobile pulled out of the report:
- In November 2010, Opera Mini had over 80.0 million users, a 4.9% increase from October 2010. Since November 2009, the number of unique users has increased 91.8%.
- Opera Mini users viewed over 44.6 billion pages in November 2010. Since October, page views have gone up 7.3%. Since November 2009, page views have increased 137.3%.
- In November 2010, Opera Mini users generated over 645 TB of data for operators worldwide. Since October, the data consumed went up by 10.0%. Since November 2009, data traffic is up 137.6%.
- In November 2010 the two most popular websites visited by Opera Mini users were Google and Facebook. In November 2009 it was Facebook and Google. Interesting to see them swapping places.
- The iPhone, which wasn’t even on the top 30 list of handsets using Opera Mini during November 2009, was the 5th most popular handset using the service in November 2010.
On a serious note, when did Dante become CEO of Opera? Is he even supposed to be here today?
[via Into Mobile]