India is home to the largest number of Opera Mini users in the world. The number of Indians using mobile devices to get online is growing at a steady pace. The availability of affordable smartphones is an important factor fueling this growth. For this special State of the Android Mobile Web report from Opera Software, we did a deep dive into the devices being used by Indian users. We were able to analyze the browsing behavior of Opera Mini users from smartphones, especially Android devices.
During the last year, Opera Mini users on smartphones in India increased by 136.6%, constituting 19% of the total number of Opera Mini users. Opera Mini users on Android increased by 62%, constituting 12% of the total number of Opera Mini users.
Facebook leading the pack
The top 3 categories of domains based on data usage are social networking, search and cricket. Some 21.7% of all data used by Opera Mini’s Android users is for Facebook, followed by Google at 5.8% and ESPNcricinfo at 1.7%. With 67% of Opera Mini’s Android users in India using the browser to access Facebook from their mobile devices, the majority number of webpages viewed are also from Facebook.
Discover information via Opera
Almost 50% of the top hundred domains visited by Opera Mini’s Android users are related to news and information, search, price comparison and e-commerce. The Opera Mini browser has proven extremely handy when users are looking for information.
Samsung rules all the way
Samsung tops the list of Android devices used to access the web via Opera Mini. In all, 9 out of the top-10 Android handsets are from Samsung. A further breakdown of the top-100 Android devices of Indian Opera Mini users confirms Samsung's leading position, with a 31% market share, followed by Sony at 23% and Micromax at 15%.
They love 'em cheap
Each of the top-10 Android devices cost less than Rs. 10,000, with the exception of the Samsung Galaxy S2, which ranks last. A mobile device packed with a smart operating system and multiple features, all while fitting within an average users’ budget, is proving to be a good deal for users.
The mobile youth
The typical profile of an Opera Mini Android user in India is as follows: Male, between 18 to 24 years of age, lives in an urban area, attends college or works as a full-time employee and surfs the web from his mobile device for at least one hour every day.
Browse more, save more
In addition to being the most preferred browser on basic phones, Opera Mini is also being used by millions of smartphone users in India. The data consumed by Opera Mini users on smartphones is significantly higher than the data consumed by Opera Mini users on basic phones.
Among Opera Mini users, the number of webpages viewed by an Android user is 29.5% higher than the monthly page views by an average user. Opera Mini compresses webpages by up to 90% before sending them to the device, as a result webpages open faster and users save on data costs. Data compressed for an Android user is 127% higher than the data compressed for an average user. Higher usage and compression rates clearly indicate that Opera Mini users on Android browse more and save more money than an average Opera Mini user.
List of top 20 devices and domains
Top 20 Android devices
Top 20 domains
Opera Mini growth in India
India has the largest number of Opera Mini users worldwide. The number of Opera Mini users in India increased by 28.7% in 2013. Opera Mini users on smartphones increased by 136.6%, constituting 19% of the total number of Opera Mini users. Opera Mini users on Android increased by 62%, constituting 12% of the total number of Opera Mini users.
About Opera Mini & report methodology
Opera Mini's compression technology renders webpages on Opera's servers before displaying them on a mobile device, reducing data transfers to as little as 10% of the original webpage size. That means quicker page downloads and reduced phone bills for users. Features such as the Smart Page, which provides the latest notifications from social networks and information from news and preferred sites, Speed Dial, password manager and the most advanced download manager are popular among users. Opera Mini is available as a free download from m.opera.com.
Information contained in this report is based on aggregated information obtained from Opera Mini servers. The security and privacy of people who use Opera Mini is of paramount importance, and we safeguard the trust they give us.
Due to the explicit and potentially offensive nature of their content, adult-only sites have been excluded from our analysis.