India has emerged as the second largest country for Opera Software‘s mobile browser Opera Mini, following Russia, according to the company’s latest State of the Mobile Web report. It states that 22 countries have more than one million active Opera Mini users per month, with 10 countries reaching the mark in 2011. India reached this milestone in May 2008 and was the third country to achieve it, after Russia and Indonesia. The company also claimed that Opera Mini now has over 140 million unique users globally, with 86.2 billion pages served and 12.7 petabytes of operator data compressed by the company. This includes 180 million megabytes (MB) data usage from India.
The top four sites from September 2011 – Google, Facebook, Youtube and Wikipedia maintained its positions in the leaderboard while Opera’s mobile app store makes its debut at number five on the leaderboard. File sharing search engine Filestube and Mobile video portal Vuclip, which recently launched a mobile movie portal called ‘Starlight Cinema‘, stayed at number six and seven respectively while pirated music site Songs.pk has dropped three places to number eight. User generated content aggregator Zedge.net also stayed at number nine and Opera’s social networking service which doubles up as the company’s helpdesk, my.opera.com dropped two places to number ten. Mobile app store Getjar dropped out of the leaderboard.
Handset-wise, Nokia continues to dominate the Indian scene, in terms of Opera Mini usage, with low-cost phones like Nokia 2690, Nokia 2700c, Nokia 5130 XpressMusic taking the top honors, and Nokia X2-01, Nokia X2-00, Nokia C1, Nokia 5233, Nokia 2730c, Nokia C2-01 and Nokia C2-00 making up the rest of the leaderboard.
Note: Please keep in mind that, despite being called ‘State of the Mobile Web’, it is likely that it is not. The data is indicative of data consumption on the Opera Software browsers on the mobile, and not other modes of access, of which applications and default handset browsers are a key component. Also, growth may not be indicated of larger market trends since a growth could be on account of more handsets that have the Opera Mini browser installed.
– Opera March 2011: GetJar, Yahoo, Vuclip & Mobile2day Rise; Micromax Enters Top-10 Handsets List
– Opera Jan 2011: Wikipedia Rises, Mobile2day Emerges, GetJar & Zedge Decline
– Opera Dec 2010: Orkut Down To Number Four, As Facebook Mobile Web Usage Grows
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