Opera's this month's State of the Mobile Web report highlighting a major milestone in the growth of the mobile Web, "Opera, now with a combined total of over 100 million Mini and Mobile users, dominates the mobile browser market."
"When we combine the number of people who used the Opera Mini browser (90.36 million) in January with the approximate number of Opera Mobile (15 million) users in January, we get over 100 million people using Opera browsers on their handsets," stated Opera.
"That number only includes people who've downloaded the public version of the Opera Mini browser; it doesn't include people who use Opera Mini instances preinstalled on phones by operators," added Opera.
The maths are more complicated than they first look, though. There's no doubt that Opera's share of the mobile browser share is shrinking -- in direct correlation with Android's growth -- but at the same time, there's no doubt in terms of platforms that iOS dominates the mobile surfing market. The only conclusion, which's borne out by Opera's own figures, is that iOS users are using Opera Mini over the stock browser -- and in the U.K. and U.S., the iPhone is actually Opera Mini's most-used platform.
Consider these numbers:
- Between Jan 2006 and Jan 2007, the number of Opera Mini users increased by 1.9 million.
- Between Jan 2007 and Jan 2008, the number of Opera Mini users increased by 5.3 million.
- Between Jan 2008 and Jan 2009, the number of Opera Mini users increased by 12.4 million.
- Between Jan 2009 and Jan 2010, the number of Opera Mini users increased by 29.8 million.
- Between Jan 2010 and Jan 2011, the number of Opera Mini users increased by 40.6 million.
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