The Opera Software Company has made a tie up with seven Indian handset manufacturers to pre-install the Opera Mini mobile browser on their select upcoming Android products which includes smartphones and tablets. The Company has signed up with cellphone manufacturers like Celkon, Karbonn, Lava, Zen, HCL, Intex and Fly though they missed out on the popular name of Micromax .
Opera Mini is widely regarded for its ability to compress websites to a little as 10 per cent of their original size before pushing it unto the mobile device. Much before the Android Smartphones in the low cost segment rose, Opera Mini was one of the most popular third-party browser application installed on most feature phones. Even now, most Android smartphones have two default browsers – a stock browser and Google Chrome. The Opera Mini will be the third browser onboard, which might add to the clutter.
Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software said that, “The number of Indians accessing the web from mobile devices is growing at a much faster rate than those using a computer.” “This unique environment has made it essential for handset manufacturers to ensure their upcoming mobile devices are web-enabled and ready to deliver the best browsing experience.”
Opera stated that the number of people using its Mini browser on smartphones in India has doubled more than what it was the last year. It didn’t elaborate.
As of now, Opera has around 249 million active mobile users worldwide with 55 million users on desktop, and 20 million on other devices.