The Norwegian software company ‘Opera Software ASA’ recently created a buzz with the launch of a faster version of its Opera Mini browser which also supports 13 Indian languages.
The all new refreshed version comes with built-in ad-block setting which allows the browser to provide up to 72% faster web surfing, the company’s Director of International Product Marketing Kiran Dhillon said to media persons. She further shed light on it by saying that the ad-block feature blocks unwanted advertisements that pop up when a browser is opened, thereby consuming less Internet data and making browsing faster.
“Ad-block can enhance mobile performance and make browsing faster. This new, faster version of ‘Opera Mini’ also comes with new updates such as support for 13 Indian languages, as we feel the next billion users will come from non-English background… it is specifically for Indian market where Internet speed is much slower than global average,” Dhillon said.
In order to augment the browsing pace by compressing a web page to 10 per cent of its size Opera also uses “compression technology”, Dhillon said. “We have a separate server called ‘Thor’ which is based in Iceland where the web page is compressed without any data loss,” she said.
Dhillon goes on adding that with only 10% in India using English as a preferred language, Opera has been made available in 13 languages. The web browser, with 350 million users world-wide, has nearly 50 million users in India, making it an important market for the company, she said. “The company is betting big on India where nearly 84% use mobile phones to access Internet,”– Dhillon added.