50 Million People in India Use the Opera Mini Web Browser
Article by George Norman
On 18 Nov 2014
Norwegian developer Opera Software recently announced that its Opera Mini web browser is used by more than 50 million people in India. To celebrate this joyous occasion, Opera Software CEO Lars Boilesen traveled to India and joined a fun Bollywood dance flash mob. Later the same evening Boilesen joined a party where he met lots of Opera users and fans.

“India is such a colorful place and I’m so excited to be here. Our 50 million user milestone certainly calls for a celebration – India style!” said Boilesen.

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More than 50 million people in India use Opera Software’s Opera Mini web browser to get online, the Norwegian company was glad to announce. With 50 million users, Opera Mini gets the 3rd spot on the list of most popular apps in India. The top 2 most popular apps are Facebook and Whatsapp, in case you were wondering.

Opera Software celebrated the fact that 50 million people in India use Opera Mini by organizing a flash mob. Lars Boilesen, senior executives from Opera’s HQ in Norway, everyone from Opera’s India team, and 50 professional dancers from Shiamak Davar’s Institute danced at a mall near New Delhi. Here’s a close to 4 minutes long video that presents the event.



And here’s a shorter, little over 1 minute long video that presents the same event.



One reason why Opera Mini is so popular in India is that it has low RAM requirements. The browser works on a large variety of handsets – and 16 Indian handset manufacturers have already preinstalled the Opera Mini web browser on over 350 models of Android devices.

“The internet has the power to transform lives, and we want everyone to have access to it. That’s why our browsers are designed to work on almost any internet-enabled device and in the toughest network conditions,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software.

One other reason why Opera Mini is so popular in India is the fact that it features powerful compression technology that can shrink down webpages by as much as 90% and thus ensure that webpages load faster and consume less of the customer’s data plan.

Boilesen again: “Opera Mini’s famous compression technology, which makes browsing faster and helps users cut down on their data costs, is extremely relevant for India. 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.”

Since India is home to the largest population of Opera Mini users in the world, it’s only natural that the Opera Mini browser provide support for many Indian languages. Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujrati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi and other Indian languages are supported.

Additional info on Opera Mini is available here.




Tags: Opera Software, Opera Mini, India, Lars Boilesen
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