Opera Mini for iPhone hits one million downloads in first day

invisibleSHIELD case for iPadApple said “Yes”, and iPhone users around the world said, “Yes, please.” Opera Mini was downloaded more than one million times in its first day of availability in each market. Opera Mini is currently the number one iPhone app in the 22 featured Apple App Stores on their site, as of 8 a.m. CET today.

According to Apple’s download count, Opera Mini has been added to 1,023,380 Apple devices. Opera submitted its browser to Apple on March 23, following the unveiling of Opera on iPhone during the Mobile World Congress, CTIA and SXSW. Initial previews of the browser garnered positive reviews, indicating that Opera Mini delivers up to six times the speed, especially on congested networks, and significant Web-page compression to keep roaming and pay-per-MB costs at a minimum.

“Today iPhone users have a choice, and, as the numbers show, they are eager to explore new and faster ways to surf the Web on the iPhone – especially during heavy Web traffic,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software, in the press release. “With any widely available and frequently downloaded Opera product, we are appreciative of all the feedback we are getting, as it helps us to continually improve our product and better meet the needs of our users.”

Source: Opera Software ASA


  1. Apple by granting Opera onto theire system, has opened Pandora’s box. I use Safari on my Mac, but Opera is slick on the iPhone under Edge conditions. Just saying.

  2. Why does this thing get so much good press?
    After testing it for half an hour, I can say that it will never reach Mobile Safari.

    It’s much slower than Safari over Wlan, has only two zoom options (super-zoom and view from Space), has a butt ugly interface unlike the rest of all iPhone apps ( Adobe did their usual here again) and everything gets routed through Opera’s crappy rendering Server which breaks about 80% of websites out there into a web code mess.

    This app is only usable via EDGE, where it opens a web page in about 8 seconds in contrast to Safari’s 60 seconds.
    Hat’s off for that, and it breathed life into my aging 2G, but it’s useless otherwise.

    Btw, i’m typing this via ‘Atomic Web’ Browser, which I purchased about 20 minutes ago from the App Store.
    Totally awesome, this smokes both Opera and Mobile Safari (Safari only a little bit ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />. )
    Now this is a Browser that’s awesome and needs some of that Hype!

  3. I don’t mean to be cynical but, do you think the Norwegian-Prime Minister-iPad thing was a good will publicity stunt?
    Funny how it happened at the same time as Norway’s Opera release.
    I bet they even caused that volcano in Iceland to erupt. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. How many iPhones out there? Only a million downloads? Small percentage of the total installed base. Drop those who look and remove after seeing it is junk. Also once people realize they are NOT getting a true web page but only an IMAGE of said web page I bet maybe half of those downloaded go unused or removed within two weeks

  5. If you’re looking for an alternative browser for iPhone/iPad, the best option is iCab Mobile.

    Opera Mini isn’t even a real browser – it can only interpret the proprietary markup sent from the Opera proxy server. And Opera gets between you and every website out there, even secure sites – which means Opera can read your confidential bank information, as well as passwords for any sites you log into “securely”. No thanks.


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