Norwegian software giant Opera has just announced that its Opera Mini mobile browser has topped the 140 million users mark, following an ascending trend that it has been on for the past year or so.During October, the browser was used by 140 million people all around the world, the software company notes, adding that, when compared to the same month a year ago, the usage grew by 83 percent.
“As of October 2011 Opera Mini usage has doubled eight times since its introduction,” the company notes.
Moreover, in the latest State of the Mobile Web report from Opera Software, we learn that there are 22 countries around the world with over one million people using Opera Mini each month.
That number has doubled since last month, showing that the browser remains one of the most popular in the world.
“Opera Mini has gained users in every country, across 2G, 3G and 4G networks, across feature phone and smartphones,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.
“What these numbers won’t tell you is that many people use Opera Mini as their only means to get online.
“We’re seeing a whole new generation of people connect to the Web for the first time using a mobile device and we are only starting to see the changes — societal, technological, and cultural — that will happen as a result.”
Users of Opera Mini viewed a number of over 86 billion pages, marking an increase of 107 percent from the same month a year ago.
These pages translated into 1,335 terabytes of data being sent to devices on operator networks, though this represents the compressed data, and not the actual number, which was of 13 petabytes of data.
Opera Mini data usage went up 121 percent during the past year, Opera notes. The latest flavors of the application offer users the possibility to view the amount of data they save using the browser and its compression technology.