Opera made its name in the mobile browser world and according to Q2 2012 revenue stats it continues to do well in that realm – though it is beginning to face some competition. According to stats released by Opera Software, use of Opera’s mobile browser has gone up 47% compared to the same time last year and is now used by 200 million people.
However, Opera’s starting to see some competition from Android browsers and iOS’ Safari. At the beginning of 2012 Opera was the No. 1 mobile browser, according to StatCounter. It dipped below Android in February but rose to the top again the next month. In June, however, it slipped again and last month it also fell below Safari on iPhone.
While things have been moving for Opera in the mobile world, the browser remains stagnant on desktops. According to TechCrunch, user adoption has stalled at 55 million. But Opera has big worldwide plans that it hopes will jump start Opera’s desktop popularity. From TechCrunch:
The company is not at all giving up on this space, it says: the emphasis looking ahead will be trying to build up browser usage in Russia/CIS, where it happens to already have some traction with consumers as an alternative browser to Chrome and IE. At the moment, worldwide, Opera has less than 2% of desktop browser share.
As of right now, Opera stands considerably below the four other major desktop browsers – Chrome, IE, Firefox and Safari (at a distant fourth).