Thank you Hyderabad for rocking the #OperaMeetup

We know it took some time, but it finally happened. And, it was totally awesome. #OperaMeetup : Hyderabad edition

Hyderabad has been on our radar for a while now. So, when we started planning our latest series of #OperaMeetup this season, we didn’t need to think twice about which city to begin with.

We met up at an upbeat bistro called Ruci and Idoni, and had a super time with around 40 bloggers and techies from Hyderabad. Time flew as we sampled some amazing Italian food and discussed just about everything from our latest products updates to the best Hyderabadi biryani joint in town.

Opera India organised the first ever #OperaMeetup at Hyderabad.. and it was totally awesome!

Opera India organised the first ever #OperaMeetup at Hyderabad.. and it was totally awesome!

The interactive Q&A session was quite stimulating. We got quite a few queries about our desktop browser. We were very happy to talk about our latest update with over a 1000 extensions and the tab preview feature. We were quite happy to see that some techies who have been following us for a while, remembered the preview feature from our old browser! They also had some hard hitting questions for us! We really hope they got the answers they were looking for. Then there were newbies who quite thrilled to hear about the data compression technology in our mobile browsers. We also met was this super cool blogger, Raghavendra Satish Perry, who is a digital marketer, marathon runner and happens to be visually impaired. He told us how a browser once saved his life and how he works to make the internet more accessible to people.

We even had a fun Opera quiz during which users told us about some crazy apps like Runpee, which tells you when to pee while watching a movie. Yes, there really is an app for everything. And goodies for those who tell us about them ;)

Thank you Hyderabad for showing some much love! We had a complete ball and can’t wait for our next #OperaMeetup in the City of Nawabs. See you guys soon. :)

State of the Android Mobile Web report – India

India is home to the largest population of Opera Mini users in the world. It is also home to the fastest-growing smartphones market in the world. With a plethora of options available at attractive prices, more and more Indian Opera Mini users are now upgrading to smartphones.

We took a closer look at our Android users – the type of devices they use and what keeps them busy online, and came up with the State of the Android Mobile Web report for India.

Here are the highlights:

  • The number of Opera Mini users on Android is as high as the number of Java users, 44% and 45% respectively.
  • A breakdown of the top 100 handsets shows that Micromax has the biggest share (30%) in this category, followed by Samsung (25%).
  • Samsung users consume more data and view more webpages compared to other users.
    There are 77% of Opera Mini users on Android, accessing the web from phones that cost Rs 10,000 and under.
  • Seven out of every ten webpages viewed by Opera Mini users are from Facebook.
  • Shopping portals experienced a mammoth 356% growth in user visits over last year. The most accessed site is Flipkart, followed by Amazon and Snapdeal.
  • More and more users are now accessing education and job portals, as well as blogs.
    Android users on Opera Mini love watching videos on websites, with this category growing by 205% since 2013. YouTube leads this category.

You can download the detailed report and infographic from here.

State of the Android Mobile Web report by Opera Software Infographic

#OperaMeetup in Hyderabad on 24th September

OperaMeetup in HyderabadWe are excited to announce our first #OperaMeetup in Hyderabad. If you use any of the Opera browsers; Opera Mini, Opera for Android, Opera Coast or Opera for computers then just come along. Drop-in even if you have never tried Opera, this is your chance to get to know Opera better.

We’ve been doing some really cool stuff in our labs, creating and re-creating. You might have heard about Opera Coast, our exclusive browser for iOS that gives you an entirely new way to browse on your iPhone or iPad, the handy Discover feature added to Opera for Android, the three compression modes offered in Opera Mini for iOS and much more!

So, join Sunil Kamath, the Bangalorean foodie better known as the VP for South Asia at Opera Software at Ohri’s Ruci & Idoni Bistro on Sept. 24, Wednesday, at 7 p.m. for a evening full of tech talk! Besides sharing the latest about Opera, he’s likely to ask you for the secret behind the brilliance of Hyderabadi briyani! So, come prepared!

Please register on our Meetup Page here: http://bit.ly/XtaZ7t

Thanks,
Team Opera :)

Opera Mini on 50 Micromax Android devices

If you are a Micromax user, then there the chance of you not being aware of Opera Mini is extremely slight. Micromax has been preinstalling Opera Mini not only on its range of Android phones, but also the basic phones with which it started in India.

We’re happy to announce that, to date, over 50 Micromax Android devices have been launched in the country with Opera Mini preinstalled on them. Many of these devices are also available in Russia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Opera Mini on 50 Micromax Android devicesMicromax has recently overtaken Samsung to become the largest mobile phone supplier in India. Its handsets are marketed to highlight their innovative features and are priced to be easy on your pocket.

Here is a closer look at the top 10 Micromax devices used by Opera Mini users:
1.    Micromax A47 Bolt
2.    Micromax A24 Bolt
3.    Micromax A67 Bolt
4.    Micromax A114 Canvas 2.2
5.    Micromax A76 Canvas Fun
6.    Micromax A59 Bolt
7.    Micromax A94 Canvas MAd
8.    Micromax A61 Bolt
9.    Micromax A102 Canvas Doodle 3
10.    Micromax A58 Bolt
11.    Micromax A46 Bolt
12.    Micromax A177 Canvas Juice
13.    Micromax A36 Bolt
14.    Micromax A28 Bolt
15.    Micromax A120 Canvas 2 Colors

Now, Micromax has chosen to offer Opera Mini to all its users to give them a smooth browsing experience. If you are not on Micromax but are fed up with websites taking forever to load on your phone, then just head to m.opera.com, Google Play or the App Store and download Opera Mini right now.

 

#OperaCoastSurprise for iPhone and iPad users

Browsers have been around for 20 years and their conventions can get in the way of your browsing on touch-driven devices. Therefore, we custom-made the Opera Coast web browser for iPhone and iPad devices. It has been appreciated across the globe for its fresh look, design, intuitiveness, originality, unconventionality and functionality. Opera Coast is so refreshing that we feel it is one of the best apps to spend those precious fleeting moments that can make your day.

In the same spirit, we reached out to creative professionals in India who use iPhones or a iPads, with a unique #OperaCoastSurprise to introduce them to Opera Coast. Since creative people are well known to have cracked a big idea while wasting time instead of consciously working on it, we thought Opera Coast would be a great app for them to help them waste time well. We sent across a surprise package of kinetic sand along with the personal note to each professional. Kinetic sand has special properties that make the sand soft, stretchy and non-sticky, so you can make shapes with it on your desk without getting messy.

These professionals enjoyed the combination of kinetic sand and Opera Coast, and they showed their love on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can check out the #OperaCoastSurprise tag board to see some of their reactions from artists, illustrators, a psychological illusionist, a filmmaker, a blogger who writes on parenting and relationships, media & advertising professionals, undaunted entrepreneurs, musicians and many other inspired individuals who acknowledge our efforts.

Here is a video that captures the spirit of the #OperaCoastSurprise.

If you are a iPhone or iPad user, then download Opera Coast from the App Store or at operacoast.com and tell us what you think about it in the comments section below.

One lucky reviewer will get a sack of the uber-cool kinetc sand. Get ready for some playtime :)

Opera Mini helps Indians save ₹ 2.1 billion in data costs

At Opera, we understand how precious mobile data is for consumers, and that’s why we make sure our servers work very hard to shrink every bit of data possible for our users. This is especially important for the price conscious Indian market, where Opera Mini has its largest user base.

But, we decided, enough of our boasting about Opera Mini’s amazing compression technology, which shrinks data by 90% and reducing data costs. Let’s get down to business: numbers. And, here are the results:

  • A whopping Rs 2.1 billion rupees saved in just half the year
  • 75% less mobile data consumed by Opera Mini users
  • Nationwide saving of Rs 350 million / month

Small savings add up to big money
You will be amazed at how simply choosing the right technology can help you save money. And, in the case of Opera Mini, this data-saving technology is completely free. You just do what you do every day – surf the web on your mobile phone – and Opera Mini will save you money.

And, these daily savings can really add up in the long run. The 2.1 billion rupees that Opera Mini users in India saved over just half the year could be used for:

Here's what the 2.1 billion rupees saved by Opera Mini  Indian users in H12014 could be used for

Here’s what the 2.1 billion rupees saved by Opera Mini Indian users in H12014 could be used for

How we arrived at these beautiful numbers?

The short version…
(Uncompressed data – compressed data) x data cost = monthly savings
13,793,185 GB x Rs. 155* = Rs 2,137,943,675
*Average cost of 1GB data on a 2G network in India

And, here’s the long one…
From the 6 months of data between January to June 2014, we were able to determine the amount of data that was sent from the websites to Opera’s servers (uncompressed data) and the data that Opera sent to users’ phones (compressed data) after shrinking it. This gave us the total amount of data that Opera’s servers helped save users within the first six months: 13,793,185 GB. Then, to be fair, we used an average of 2G in data costs (@Rs 155) to calculate the minimum amount that users ended up saving. And, voilà, we ended up with that magical figure of 2.1 billion rupees.

For newbies, here’s the lowdown on Opera Mini and its data-saving technology:
Opera Mini’s advanced data-saving technology shrinks webpages down to as little as 10% of their original size, reducing data consumption by up to 90%. This data compression also helps render webpages faster, even while roaming, or in places with poor network conditions, making Opera Mini a great companion while on the go.

Opera Mini is compatible with over 3,000 mobile devices, ranging from basic Java phones to the latest Android and iOS smartphones.

Interested in saving money yourself?
Log on to m.opera.com or just head to any popular app store and download Opera Mini for free, today.

Opera browser now gives you tab previews

We are happy bring you Opera 24, our latest version of our desktop browser for Windows and Mac users. This update includes some cool features that promise to make your browsing experience even smoother.

Tab previews:

Do you want to check if something’s new on Facebook quickly, without losing focus on what you are actually doing? Opera 24 comes with a tab preview feature that will allow you to get a sneak peek of a webpage just by hovering the cursor over its tab. The previews are big enough to get a glimpse of your Facebook tab without actually switching over to it. Having too many tabs open won’t be a problem anymore!

Opera Preview Tab

Tab Preview: Now get a large preview of webpage simply by hovering the cursor over a tab on Opera desktop browser

Private browsing ensures that your internet history and activity are removed as soon as you close all private windows. We’ve made private windows more distinct from normal windows by changing their background color. Now, you can easily pick out and close all of your private browsing.

Improved UI:

Opera 24 also has an improved UI, with enhanced sharpness, thanks to HiDPI support. With HiDPI support, the UI will – instead of being scaled – get the sharpness it deserves. So, Windows users can now enjoy an experience similar to what Opera’s Mac users get on Retina screens.

Give Opera browser a try. Download it today from www.opera.com.

 

Opera Mini is now default browser for Nokia Asha phones

Getting online with Nokia phones is going to become an even smoother experience. That’s because Opera Mini has now become the default browser for Nokia’s Asha series of mobile phones.

Opera Mini features unique data compression technology, which shrinks webpages up to 90%, allowing users to have a faster and cheaper mobile internet experience.

Opera Mini default browser for Nokia Asha

Got one already? Here’s how you can upgrade to Opera Mini

If you already have a Nokia Asha phone, you will get a notification within the next few months to help you upgrade your phone browser to Opera Mini.

Or, if you don’t want to wait, log on to m.opera.com and download Opera Mini for free, today.

Happy browsing! :)

Download Opera Mini from Mobango

We are making sure that when you recommend Opera Mini to friends, they don’t have to search hard to get it. In addition to m.opera.com and the Opera Mobile Store, Opera Mini is already available on popular App Store such as Google Play, iTunes, GetJar etc.

Now we have added Mobango – the world’s first social application store, to the list of app stores from where mobile users can easily download Opera Mini.Download Opera Mini from Mobango
Download Opera Mini for your preferred OS from the Mobango App or just head to www.mobango.com and download Opera Mini for Android or Java phones.

Go ahead, spread the word :-)