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Number of smartphone users increase

Number of smartphone users increase
In this State of the Mobile Web Report, Opera Software takes a closer look at the mobile internet usage among the Nepali. According to a survey conducted among Opera Mini users in Nepal, it was found that for 35% of the users their mobile phone is the only way of getting online.Opera Mini, a mobile phone browser specially suited for getting online in tough conditions on everything from basic phones to advanced smartphones, remains a popular web browser in Nepal. The number of Opera Mini users in Nepal increased by 88% in the last one year.Report highlights:Increasing smartphone users: The number of Opera Mini users on smartphones in Nepal increased by more than 200% in the last year. Android phones are most popular among smartphone users.

Most time is spent on Facebook: Nine out of every 10 webpages viewed by Nepali Opera Mini users from their mobile phones are from Facebook.com.

Local news is read on mobile: News is the most popular local content that Opera Mini users in Nepal access from their mobile devices. The top three most visited local webpages are news sites.

Nokia handsets used most: Nokia handsets are used by 63% of users, followed by Samsung at 18% and LG and Micromax with 4% market share each.

Smartphone users browse more: Opera Mini users browsing the mobile web from smartphones browse more webpages and consume 30% more mobile data, compared to basic phone users.

Top 10 most popular websites: facebook.com, google.com, youtube.com, blogspot.com, wikipedia.org, waptrick.com, yahoo.com, bbc.co.uk, and answers.com

Top 10 most used handsets: Nokia 5130c-2, Nokia 2700c-2, Nokia C1-01, Nokia X2-01, Nokia C3-00, Nokia 2690, Nokia X2-00, Nokia 6300, Nokia X3-00 and Nokia C2-01.

About Opera Mini & report methodology

Opera Mini’s compression technology renders webpages on Opera’s servers before displaying them on a mobile device, reducing data transfers to as little as 10% of the original webpage size. That means quicker page downloads and reduced phone bills for users. Features such as the Smart Page, which provides the latest notifications from social networks and information from news and preferred sites, Speed Dial, password manager and the most advanced download manager are popular among users. Opera Mini is available as a free download from m.opera.com.

Information contained in this report is based on aggregated information obtained from Opera Mini servers. The security and privacy of people who use Opera Mini is of paramount importance, and we safeguard the trust they give us.

Due to the explicit and potentially offensive nature of their content, adult-only sites have been excluded from our analysis.

The survey mentioned in the 1st paragraph of this press release was conducted through the Start Page of Opera Mini. The link to survey questionnaire was shared with all users in Nepal.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera products enable more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to discover and connect with the content and services that matter most to them, no matter what device, network or location. In turn, we help advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses. Opera also delivers products and services to more than 120 mobile operators around the world, enabling them to provide a faster, more economical and better network experience to their subscribers. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

For more information, contact:
Mrunmaiy Abroal, Communications Manager, Opera Software
Email: mrunmaiy.abroal@opera.com