Opera today announced a new milestone, wherein its cross-platform mobile app store had clocked more than 105 million monthly visitors at the end of Q4 2013. This, the company revealed, was a growth of 230 percent both in terms of visitors and downloads and the app store now boasted more than 200,000 mobile apps across Android, Java, BlackBerry and Symbian. Also Read - Will Microsoft kill Nokia’s Android phones after it takes over?
Opera is not the only web browser with an app store out there. Chinese browser maker UCWeb was reported to have recently acquired PP Assistant — a popular third-party iOS mobile app marketplace developer for jailbroken iPhones — for its browser. Another popular browser, Dolphin, is also looking at web apps. Also Read - Samsung is looking to expand its reach outside of just hardware
The surprising number from Opera is that 42.7 percent of app downloads happen for Android devices with India, USA and Indonesia emerged as the top three countries, where Google’s official Play store is available. One would have assumed that users would have preferred downloading apps directly from the official app store rather than from a third-party web browser. Also Read - Microsoft’s toughest choice