When I tweeted about the Opera / Microsoft agreement last week (saying that Opera Mini will become the default browser on Nokia’s Asha and feature phone ranges), I felt like I wanted to say more about it.
The article came back up on my radar a few days ago, courtesy of Jeremy Keith’s link log, which reminded me of why it’s important:
You might think it’s hyperbole to call it that, but let’s look at some stats. A press release from Opera the other day states that there are 100 million active users of Opera mini, just on Android, which is twice as many as a year ago. Their stats from their State of the Mobile Web report for April 2014 show 267 million unique users of Opera mobile browsers, and their more recent article “How to get the next billion online” talks about these stats in a wider context.