Opera Mini reaches 50 million active users

opera-logo  Opera Mini has crossed the 50 million unique monthly users mark in January 2010. In just the past year, Opera Mini has seen unprecedented growth in every geographic location, with the number of users growing 150 percent from 20 million monthly unique users in January 2009 to 50 million monthly unique users in January 2010. These are not users who have just downloaded Opera Mini, but people who use the browser on an active basis.

According to Gartner, Inc., by 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide. With the speedy rise in the number of people browsing the Web from their mobile phone, users are picking the best software to surf the real Web on their devices—and that’s where Opera Mini comes in.

That statistic also explains the exponential growth of Opera Mini in the last few months. To reach its first 10 million users, Opera Mini took 28 months from January 2006 to April 2008. However, the last 10 million has taken only three months from November 2009 to January 2010.

“Our original goal with Opera Mini was to make the Web available to everyone, regardless of their network or mobile phone. Fifty million active monthly users is a great start,:” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera. “Opera’s innovative nature and its popularity among users will help us make the mobile Web even more accessible and attractive to more people across the world.”