Opera has made Web browsers since 1995. When we decided in 1998 to squeeze our browser to fit onto mobile phones, we set out to preserve the same Web experience people expected on their computer. However, in those days the Mobile Web was limited and tangled in a mess of differing, competing technologies.
We have spent the last ten years fighting to change this. We believe that there is One Web. We believe there should be no difference in the information that is available to you whether you use the fastest computer or a refurbished mobile phone. Now in 2008, it seems we are getting closer to the goal of One Web.
I invite you to see some this transition for yourself in our first "State of the Mobile Web" report. We looked at the aggregate, anonymous traffic of more than 44 million cumulative Opera Mini users worldwide to see where they chose to spend their time when using the Web on their mobile devices. I hope you find this report useful, actionable and interesting.
I welcome your feedback and thank you for reading.
Regards/Vennlig hilsen/Kær kvedja...
Jon S. von Tetzchner
CEO, Opera Software
Opera Mini has become the world's most popular mobile browser. Since its worldwide launch in 2006, more than 44 million people have downloaded and used Opera Mini. More than 11.9 million people used Opera Mini in March 2008. In the last quarter, the number of people who downloaded and used Opera Mini grew 26% over the prior quarter in 2007.
Opera Mini users viewed more than 2.4 billion pages in March. In the first three months of 2008, the number of pages viewed through Opera Mini grew almost 57% over the last quarter of 2007. In March, each person using Opera Mini viewed 202 pages on average.
As the content available to mobile phones improves, data consumption increases. Last month, those 11.9 million Opera Mini users generated more than 33 million MB of data for operators worldwide. This represents an almost 88% growth over the previous quarter.
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By examining aggregate numbers, we are able to paint a picture of the types of sites and services that win on the mobile Web. Tracking the type of content across the top 100 sites visited by all Opera Mini users, we find:
For more information about the State of the Mobile Web report, please contact Pål Unanue-Zahl palu[at]opera.com, +47 2369 2400.
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