As a web browser, Opera gets its bacon cooked when its stacked up against anything like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari, but as a mobile browser, Opera fairs well against heavyweights: Apple and Google. Sparingly, Opera is ahead depending on certain statistics (that favors them). Well, according to a new Opera white paper, in which the company took a look at how its users around the world sparingly use the browser, and it found out its popular in developing countries.
The research was conducted between November 2010 and November 2011, and it revealed that 56 percent of Opera users and 43 percent of those who use another browser only access the internet through their mobile devices. The study, broke down the numbers by country, including Egypt at 72 percent, Bangladesh 69 percent, Brazil 65 percent and South Africa 61 percent.
The company also found out what its users do on the mobile web compared to users who use other browsers. For instance, Opera found that its users are 35 percent more likely to buy music and games through their mobile devices than those who use another browser.
This all sounds impressive, but you must keep in mind this is Opera’s in-house report, so numbers could be vastly skewed in their favor. The company today also announced that it now has 168.8 million Opera Mini users (up 64 percent from March 2011). These users viewed over 117 billion pages. That’s up 96% from last year and up 8.1 percent compared to February 2012.