A look at Opera Mini’s Java users in India

Breakup of mobile OS used by Opera Mini users in IndiaAt a time when the number of smartphones being used in the country is increasing, there is still a majority of Indians who use basic phones, usually based on the Java platform. A breakdown of the mobile OSs of Opera Mini users in India shows that 58% of them use Java-based mobile phones.

We took a closer look at the browsing habits of these Java users through the Opera Mini web browser. Here are some insights, you can also click on the graphic below for more information:

* Facebook leads mobile web usage: At least 64% of all Java users have accessed Facebook.com from their Opera Mini browser. Every 7 out of 10 webpages viewed by an average Opera Mini user are from Facebook.

* Cricket is not far behind: After social networking, most of browsing time is spent checking out videos on You Tube, searching online using Google and getting cricket updates from Cricbuzz & ESPN Cricinfo.

* Nokia handsets most popular: An analysis of the top-100 handsets used shows that Nokia is the clear leader in terms of market share. Nokia is used by 53% of users, followed by Samsung by 28% and Micromax by 14%.

Opera Mini's Java users in India

Opera Mini is one of the most used mobile web browsers in India and is available in 13 Indian languages. Visit m.opera.com from your mobile phone to download Opera Mini.

A web browser for cats

Humans have long been in a privileged position on the internet. Billions and billions of people coast the web in search of funny cats and cute kittens all day, when they should be working.

It’s time to turn the tables on internet cat content. Enter the Cats by Opera project. The first web browser tail-or made for cats.

Cats by Opera is based on a concept of removing buttons and other obstacles to an efficient feline-first web. Just as in Coast by Opera, navigation is done almost completely on gestures and buttons are large and easy to interact with.

If you love your cat and want the best things for him, then this browser is a must-have.

मोबाइल इंटरनेट = ओपेरा मिनी

इंटरनेट सर्फ करने के लिए अपना नए मोबाइल फोन को तैयार कारीए

गुड़ी पड़वा और उगादि भारत के कुछ राज्यों में नए साल की शुरुआत के रूप में मनाया जाता है.  अगर आपने इस त्योहार के मौसम में एक नया मोबाइल फोन खरीदा है, तो हम आपको अपने फोन पर ओपेरा मिनी डाउनलोड करने की सलाह देते हैं.

ओपेरा मिनी, भारत में सबसे अधिक उपयोग होने वाले मोबाइल वेब ब्राउज़रों में से एक है और यह 13 भारतीय भाषाओं में उपलब्ध है. यह वेबपेजों को उनके मूल आकार से 10% तक कंप्रेस कर देता है, जिससे डेटा की खपत कम होती है और मोबाइल फ़ोन से वेब एक्सेस करने पर कम खर्चा आता है. कंप्रेस करने का एक और लाभ यह है कि इससे वेबपेज बहुत तेज़ी से खुलते हैं.

मिनी की विशेषताएँ नीचे लिखे हैं:

Opera_Mini8_white_bg* स्पीड डायल: आप अपने ओपेरा मिनी स्पीड डायल में पसंदीदा वेबसाइटों को सहेज सकते हैं और बस एक हल्के टैप से वेबसाइटों को आसानी से एक्सेस कर सकते हैं.
* स्मार्ट पेज: ओपेरा मिनी एकमात्र ऐसा ब्राउज़र है जो फेसबुक और ट्विटर की तरह सोशल नेटवर्किंग साइट्स के अपडेट को ब्राउज़र के स्मार्ट पेज में तुरंत दिखाता है.
* डाउनलोड मैनेजर: आप ओपेरा मिनी के डाउनलोड मैनेजर से ब्राउज़िंग के दौरान डाउनलोड को रोक, फिर से शुरू और प्रबंधित कर सकते हैं.
* नाईट मोड: ओपेरा मिनी में एक नाईट मोड है, जो अधिक गहरे रंगों का उपयोग करके चमकदार स्क्रीन के प्रभावों को हल्का कर देता है, जिससे आपकी आँखों पर ज़ोर नहीं पड़ता.
* प्राइवेट ब्राउज़िंग: ओपेरा मिनी प्राइवेट टैब की सुविधा देता है, जिससे आप फ़ॉर्म विवरण और ब्राउज़िंग इतिहास को संग्रहीत किए बिना वेब ब्राउज़ कर सकते हैं. 


ओपेरा मिनी ही एकमात्र ऐसा वेब ब्राउज़र है, जो 3,000 से अधिक प्रकार के साधारण फ़ोन और स्मार्टफ़ोन पर स्मूद और तेज़ ब्राउज़िंग अनुभव प्रदान करता है. इनमें Java, BlackBerry, Symbian, iOS और Android फ़ोन शामिल हैं. आप अपने फ़ोन से m.opera.com पर जाकर ओपेरा मिनी डाउनलोड कर सकते हैं.

Holi on your desktop

There are many reasons and ways to celebrate Holi. But, I’m sure that smearing gulal on the faces of friends and family is always the highlight of the entire festival for most of us. smile emoticon

So, if you are still in the mood to have fun with colors, then here is a cool way to spread some Holi cheer to the most used app on laptops and PCs – your web browser. Let this festival of colors jazz up your prime time on the computer.

Change the look of your Opera browser with colorful themes this March. We have handpicked some for you here:

Radioactive Hands1

ColorWaves2 (1)

Rainbow Abstract
3 (1)

Multicolor Clouds

Red Abstraction
5 (1)

How to apply themes:

  • There are a few themes that come with Opera. You can find them by selecting View > Themes to bring up the theme manager.
  • To find more themes, click the Get more themes link in the sidebar to go to addons.opera.com/themes/.
  • You can create a theme from any image you find on the web. Right-click an image and select Use Image as Theme.

Opera for Android browser on Nokia X

Abhishek Bhatnagar from Gadgets to Use was in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2014 and he checked how the Opera browser looks on Nokia’s Android-based smartphones: Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.

Here is his video-feature about the Opera browser on Nokia X. In this video, you’ll see features such as Off-Road mode, the Discover feature, Speed Dial customization, and settings options:

Opera for Android is available in Google Play. It works on all Android handsets with version 4.0 and above.

The Web is 25 today

25 years ago, the concept of the World Wide Web was proposed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at CERN. The Web has played a vital role in bringing people closer together, for people to collaborate, communicate and innovate faster than ever before.

Never before did we have so much information readily available as now. People can talk to their colleagues, friends or family through video conferencing. Being lost in a city is a thing of the past thanks to online maps. We can reconnect with old friends, share pictures, videos and thoughts about our lives with incredible ease thanks to social networking. The Web has even played a role in major revolutions all across the world. I humbly submit that Opera as a company would not exist if it were not for the Web.

At the same time, being of the major web browsers of the world, Opera has been making the Web better and will always be committed to it. We’ve been one of the most vocal proponents of open web standards and work with various standards bodies like the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to further strengthen the Web everyday. Opera has also been the leading company to bring the web to many different devices, much before it was mainstream. We saw the potential of of the Web on mobile as far back as 2004, when we created Opera Mini (which was then a pilot project) – which now connects hundreds of millions of people to the Web everyday, quite some of whom who would not able to use the Web by any other means.

Opera, through it’s various products, has also taken the Web to TVs, set-top boxes, blu-ray players, portable gaming consoles, and many more devices. We’re constantly looking to push the Web as a platform and to bring it to as many people as possible. Our commitment to internet.org further strengthens our resolve to bring the Web to everyone.

I think it’s safe to say that the Web has been one of the greatest forces of change and good in the history of humanity – and it’s only been 25 years. To everyone who has ever been online – Thank you for playing your own unique part in this amazing story called the World Wide Web. Let’s imagine what it will be in the next 25, and beyond!

Opera Mini browser gets private and night modes

You heard it right.

We have good news for all mobile phone users on Java and BlackBerry OS.

Today, we launched Opera Mini 8 with the 2 most awaited features our users have been asking for: private mode and night mode.

Private mode: Want to keep your browsing history a secret? Or you need to lend your mobile to a friend for checking Facebook? Opera Mini 8 now supports private tabs that don’t save information once the open tab is closed. It is now possible to browse without leaving any trace of the websites you visit.

Night mode: Browsing the web on a bright mobile screen at night can feel a bit like looking into the sun. Opera Mini 8 includes a night mode that dims the effects of an ouch-that’s-bright screen. If you are in a dark environment, you can dim the screen so that it does not light up the entire room.

Almost 58% of Opera Mini’s users in India are on basic phones. It is important to us to give all these users the best browsing experience. In addition to these new features, Opera Mini 8 comes packed with up to 90% data compression, the popular Speed Dial, download manager, password manager and Facebook integration on the browser homepage.

Download Opera Mini 8 for free by visiting m.opera.com with your existing web browser.

Join us on-LINE

You have shown us your love for Opera Mini by using it on all kinds of phones. Now we have taken one more step to come closer to you with Opera Mini updates – by starting an official account on LINE, a fun communications app.

We will share tips and tricks on how to get the best out of your Opera Mini browser and keep you informed about the latest updates.

If you are not already on LINE you can download it from here. Once you are in, look out for ‘Opera Mini India’ in the official accounts section and add us.

Look forward to seeing you there.
Opera Mini on LINE

Launched today: Web pass packages for IDEA users

Don’t we all love this latest “No Ullu Banaoing” ad from IDEA running across TV channels? Being able to access the web from your mobile phone is a boon indeed!

While millions of Indians are already accessing the mobile internet, there are millions more who are extremely cautious about consuming data from their mobile phones. One of the biggest barriers they face is often a confusing, multi-step, time-consuming and error-prone process of subscribing to a data plan.

Well, all IDEA Cellular users are in for a treat. Today, we’re launching Idea Web Pass packages, which can be purchased from within the Opera Mini browser. You can now purchase customized and easy-to-understand mobile internet packages to suit your personal internet-access needs.

Here is a quick guide:

  • The web pass options are available for all prepaid and postpaid users on the IDEA network.
  • You can download Opera Mini from any of the popular app stores or by visiting m.opera.com from your phone.
  • Then, just start Opera Mini on your mobile phone, click “Idea Web Pass” on the Speed Dial page and choose from a list of web pass subscriptions.
  • Here are the packages which are launching today:
    • Daily Internet Pass for Rs 8
    • Weekly Facebook Pass for Rs 7
    • Weekly Internet Pass for Rs 30

We wish happy surfing to all IDEA users.

Browse the web, share pictures, be social, read email and do even more on the web with Idea Web Pass.

Time for a refresh: Our new home

Hi there! The Opera India blog has moved to a new platform. See this post for more information about the switch. The platform switch also means we have an all new, sleeker design for the blog.

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Here’s to sharing more of Opera in India and to hearing more from you too. :)