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iPhone Users Download 2.6m Opera Browsers

Software developer Opera announced yesterday that iPhone users have been flocking to the company's Opera mini product with nearly 2.7 million downloads in the first two weeks after the product was launched.

Apple surprisingly added Opera browser to its App store in April 2010 as it became the first rival to the iPhone's Safari. Last month saw a rise of nearly 7 per cent according to Opera Software.

The new platform cemented Opera Mini's place as the most widely used mobile browser on the market and pushes Apple as the third most popular device used by Opera Mini.

The browser remains amongst the top three applications in the productivity category with around eight percent of the iPhone user base.

Globally, Opera Mini has nearly 59 million users, which is a 152 per cent growth year on year, while the number of page views viewed by Opera Mini users jumped to more than 26.3 billion in April 2010.

Unsurprisingly, the countries where the browser is the most popular are mostly populous ones like Russia, Indonesia, India, China, Ukraine, United States and Nigeria while UK was 10th in the top 10 list.

Jon von Tetzchner, the co-founder of Opera Software, said in a statement that "While many iconic smartphones are superb web-browsing tools, today it is possible to make nearly every phone capable of browsing the Web gracefully".

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.