Oslo, Norway and San Francisco, U.S. - May 10, 2007 - Usage of Opera Mini(TM), the Web browser for mobile phones, continues to grow worldwide. With more than 15 million cumulative users, Opera Mini is the most popular downloadable Java software for mobile phones.
"With more than six million Java technology developers and 1.8 billion Java technology-enabled mobile handsets, the Java technology ecosystem continues to expand. Opera Mini has distinguished itself in this landscape and is succeeding to penetrate the market, making a great proof point of the ongoing vitality of the Java technology development community," says Jean Elliott, senior director Client Software Group product marketing, Sun Microsystems.
"We're proud of Opera Mini's award winning usability, but ultimately it's a popular application because it is useful to everyone," says Tatsuki Tomita, EVP, Opera Software. "We wrote Opera Mini in Java technology so that we could bring the full Internet to the largest number of mobile phones around the world."
People in Russia and the United States are the most prolific users of Opera Mini, with the Chinese a close third. In total, more than 5,2 billion Web pages have been viewed with the easy-to-use browser from Opera Software. Opera Mini, available for free at Operamini.com, brings the full Web to nearly any mobile phone, from advanced smartphones to simple, mass market handsets. Any Java technology-enabled phone can run Opera Mini. Web pages are compressed on a remote server and delivered to the phone for fast and rich Web browsing. By enabling all services and content from the Web, the interest and cases for using Opera Mini are nearly limitless.
Leading operators and handset manufacturers have already realized the great potential of Opera Mini. For example, T-Mobile and Telef?nica M?viles de Espa?a selected Opera Mini to provide their users with the best possible Internet experience on a mobile phone.
Welcoming beta testers
Enhanced navigation is the next step in the evolution of mobile Web browsing. That's exactly what Opera's developers are exploring for the next version of Opera Mini. Opera Software invites everyone to sign up for testing the beta version of the upcoming Opera Mini. Please submit your email address here http://www.operamini.com/beta/. Testers will be notified by email at a later stage and asked to submit their views of the Opera Mini beta via an online form.
"Opera Mini allows me to access crucial information more easily on the road. It works all over the world, so whether I am at work or holidaying in Australia, I have access to all the information I need," says Leila (24), an Opera Mini user living in London.
About Opera Mini
Opera Mini is a free mobile Web browser designed to bring the real Web to the world's mobile phones. The free Opera Mini mobile Web browser launched worldwide in January of 2006, and is available both as a free download from www.operamini.com as well as through pre-installments on selected handsets from leading operators and handset manufacturers such as T-Mobile and Nokia. As of April 30, 2007, 15 million people had downloaded and used Opera Mini to browse the Web.
About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera's cross-platform Web browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com