Opera Software has tied up with seven Indian handset manufacturers to pre-install the Opera Mini mobile browser on their select upcoming Android products, including smartphones and tablets. Opera has signed up with Celkon, Karbonn, Lava, Zen, HCL, Intex and Fly, missing out on the popular name of Micromax .
Opera Mini is widely known for its ability to compress websites to a little as 10 per cent of their original size before pushing to the mobile device. Before the sudden rise of Android smartphones in the low-cost segment, Opera Mini was one of the most popular third-party browser application installed on most feature phones. Even now, most Android smartphones have two default browsers - a stock browser and Google Chrome. The Opera Mini will be the third browser onboard, which might add to the clutter.
"The number of Indians accessing the web from mobile devices is growing at a much faster rate than those using a computer," says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. "This unique environment has made it essential for handset manufacturers to ensure their upcoming mobile devices are web-enabled and ready to deliver the best browsing experience."
Opera said the number of people using its Mini browser on smartphones in India more than doubled last year. It didn't elaborate.
Currently, Opera has 249 million active mobile users, 55 million users on desktop, and 20 million on other devices globally.