Popular mobile browser Opera Mini now has over 50 million users in India, the company announced on Sunday. The 50 million user base has enabled the browser to become the third most popular mobile app in the country after Facebook and WhatsApp. Also Read - Opera updates Mini web browser app after long timeAlso Read - Opera using Android apps to offer predatory loans in India; details
The wide adoption of Opera Mini software could be reasoned out to its ability to compress web pages by up to 90 percent. The browser is also able to render pages faster, which allows even people on 2G and slower network to load the pages faster. Opera Mini s famous compression technology, which makes browsing faster and helps users cut down on their data costs, is extremely relevant for India, says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. Also Read - Opera Mini introduces offline file sharing feature
The other reason why Opera Mini is so popular is its low RAM requirements and availability across different platforms. Compared to Chrome, which is only available to users with Android ICS or higher, and Apple s iOS, Opera Mini works on even 256MB of RAM phone running on Android Gingerbread. The app is also available across platform including Microsoft s feature phones and Android-powered Nokia X series for which it is the default browser. The browser is all set to return on Windows Phone as well.
With 50 million users, India now houses the biggest number of Opera Mini users. The company has tie ups with over 16 handset manufacturers to have the Opera Mini browser preinstalled on over 350 models of Android devices. The browser is available in multiple Indian regional languages including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujrati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese and Kashmiri. It feels fantastic to be embraced by so many Indians and I m confident that India will play a key role in Opera s global vision of bringing the next billion people online, Boilesen added.