Southeast Asia is the most populous part of the world. As shown in an illustration by redditor Valeriepieris, more people live within a smallish part of Southeast Asia than in the rest of the world. And, as futuristic media site IO9 remarked in an article, "Even more mindblowing: said circle is mostly water."
The circle as sketched out encompasses several countries China, which is the most populous, along with India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), South Korea, Nepal, Malaysia, North Korea, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia and Bhutan. This makes up, according to a blog post in The Washington Post, approximately 51 percent of the world's population.
In the circle, that actually has more sea area than land, there are also great differences between how people choose to go online and what tools they use to get there. From the super-advanced nations to the more recently developed ones, they increasingly browse the web using smarter and smarter phones.
In some regions, the transition to a mostly smartphone-based mobile user base is complete, such as in Japan where more than 99% of the users of Opera Mini are on smartphone platforms as of April 2013. According to the same anonymous and aggregated data from the Opera Mini servers, South Korea is a close second with more than 97% of the users on smartphone platforms such as Android and iOS. One of the fastest growing markets in smartphone usage in recent years, China, has more than 86% of its Opera Mini user base on smartphones.
Areas where the basic phones are still strong are Mongolia, Bangladesh and Bhutan, with 80 - 90 % of the Opera Mini user base on non-smartphones.
In April 2013, the consumer base of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile had more than 246 million unique users. The Opera Mini servers (which do not process pages from Opera Mobile browsers) served more than 165 billion pages and compressed over 13 petabytes of data for Opera Mini users. In all, 33% of the total users of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile are using smartphones to browse the web. Compared to April 2012, the total number of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile users grew more than 30% year over year.
In April 2013, there were over 246 million Opera Mini and Opera Mobile users. Out of this number, more than 21 million were Opera Mobile users, and the rest were Opera Mini users. Compared to April 2012, usage of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile combined grew more than 30% year over year.
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Opera Mini users viewed over 165 billion pages in April 2013. Since April 2012, page views have increased by more than 51%.
In April 2013, Opera Mini users generated over 3.1 billion MB of data for operators worldwide. Data in Opera Mini is compressed by up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 13 petabytes of data in April. Since April 2012, data traffic has risen by 62%.
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