Opera Software is now tied up with the seven Indian mobile vendors, according to which the manufacturers will pre-install the Opera Mini Mobile Browser app on their select upcoming Android phones, phablets and tablets.
Now, brands such as, Celkon, Karbonn, Lava, Zen, HCL, Intex and Fly can be expected to see Opera Mini browser soon in its handsets but sadly the tie up missed out on the popular name of Micromax, which is one of the major Indian mobile giants.
Its ability to compress websites to 10 per cent of their original size before pushing to the mobile device has made Opera Mini widely popular among diversified users. Opera Mini is one of the most popular third-party browser application installed on most feature phones.
The Norwegian software developer's mobile web browser Opera Mini will be the exclusive third-party browser on all Android devices by Celkon, Karbonn, Lava and Intex. It will also be pre-installed on select Android devices by Fly and Zen.
Samsung also had pre-installed Opera mini browser last year on their feature phones: the Samsung Star 3, Star 3 Duos and the Champ Deluxe Duos.
Opera Software Vice President (South Asia) Sunil Kamath, reportedly said that Opera Mini comes with features like smart page, speed dial, tabbed browsing, password manager, download manager and Opera Link and can be downloaded for free.
Opera's takes pride in sharing its 'State of the Android Mobile Web' report which says that India has the largest number of Opera Mini users in the world. Reports also said that the number of people using Mini browser on smartphones in India has increased heavily and currently has 249 million active mobile users, 55 million users on desktop, and 20 million on other devices globally.