By Zi Bin Cheahzibin. Monday, June 29, 2009 10:04:23 AM
It's not just Opera Mini, but the whole Mobile Web.
As shown by State of the Mobile Web Report, Indonesians' average page view is 400 odd pages and they also enjoy the second biggest Opera Mini user base after Russia.
So why is the Mobile Web booming?
Cheap access. There are more than 10 telcos pitting against each other and each one offers good pricing. On average you pay about USD0.10/Mb.
Bad landlines. The Mobile Web is the perfect substitution for an unsatisfactory landline experience.
The Berry factor. The mass appeal for BlackBerry and its push email application meant that going online became part of the "Berry craze".
Traffic jams. During rush hour, what better to do than to surf the web?
I've presented the case in The New Wave of Mobile Internet, Universitas Krisdwipayana and the FreSh forum.
Here are the slides for the mobile browser trends and the boom in Indonesia.
By Bruce Lawsonbrucelawson. Thursday, November 27, 2008 11:03:47 AM
After 8 days, 11 universities and 9 kilograms of Nasi Goreng per person, the first Opera university tour of Indonesia is finished.
Here are Bruce's slides: Web Standards for the Future, (PDF 550K). Note that I was tweaking and changing the slides depending on the University's focus, so here's the "full" version that includes everything. No university got all of these. The format is accessible PDF to make it small, as I've experienced Indonesian bandwidth speeds..! If you need another format, drop me a line. You're welcome to share these with your friends or classmates - I hope they make sense. If not…well, you'll have to invite me back again!
The HTML demos are available, but you'll need a special video build of Opera to watch the videos.
Here's the cool
Zibin's slides: Web Browser Industry (PDF 1M). This presentation is about the mobile web industry -trends today and tomorrow. I've also presented Opera's four main products. The slide about top ten sites transcoded by Opera Mini in Indonesia was the showstopper. Audience giggled upon finding out that friendster bandwidth was more than the 2nd to 10th spot combined.
To celebrate the success of the Indonesian tour, we've published a new State of the Mobile Web report focussing on South-East Asian mobile browsing. Bad news for any web site that doesn't follow Web Standards, with data like this:
- Indonesia and Malaysia lead the way for mobile Web adoption, followed by Thailand and Brunei.
Indonesia leads the top 9 countries in page views, with each user browsing 358 pages on average in October 2008, well above the global average.
- Growth rates are soaring: Malaysia leads the top 9 with 462.6% growth in users this year, followed by the Philippines (396.4% growth) and Indonesia (329.5% growth).
- Friendster is the premier social-networking site in the region, with hi5 coming in second.
Nokia is dominant in the region, with brands like Sony Ericsson and Huawei competing for a distant second place.
Bruce's Indonesian photos are available on Flickr.
By David Storeydstorey. Wednesday, October 8, 2008 8:15:35 AM
Opera 9.6 has just be released today. What can developer expect from this release? This release focusses on stability, so there has not been wholesale changes like the move from Opera 9.2 and Presto 2, to Opera 9.5 and Presto 2.1. We’ve taken the existing Presto 2.1 engine and tuned it, and polished the rough edges. Developers will not have to learn new tricks or find and work around newly introduced bugs. Instead the stability of the browser has been improved, key bugs have been fixed, security holes have been patched and the performance has improved. There have also been a couple of additions that we felt were important to add even though the engine is the same core branch.
The first thing to note is that a core rendering engine version has been added to the User Agent string. This was done to help developers that need to detect the same version of the rendering engine across all Opera products, which may not have matching product version numbers. This is particularly important for when working around bugs or for library developers. Due to the tuning of the engine, the version is now Presto 2.1.1, and it can be detected by checking for
Presto/2.1.1 at the end of the UA string. The version number will obviously increase for future versions.
The next thing to note is that the
caller property has now been added for functions. This is none standard, but has become a de facto standard due to it being supported in all other major browsers. We were seeing compatibility issues from not supporting it. Another major fix is that spatial navigation is no longer activated when calling
The main changes for this release were more consumer focused, and include features such as improved Opera Link support, to now sync typed history and custom searches. A feed preview has now been added for RSS and Atom feeds, and a scroll marker has been added to aid the user when scrolling to see where they left off. There has been numerous Mail fixes, such as a low bandwidth mode—which is useful when you have a slow connection or paying by the kb using a GPRS card, and a way to follow and ignore threads. The latter is a great time saver when you are CC’d on a never ending thread that doesn't interest you or isn’t relevant. Further details can be found in the Opera 9.6 change logs.
Something else worth noting is we’ve added support for a number of new languages. These include Indian languages such as Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, and Ukrainian, Estonian and Indonesian. Ukrainian and Indonesian are particularly interesting as they are two of the countries that are witnessing large growth in Opera users and Opera enjoys a large market share. Opera is doing very well in general in Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia. Hopefully Indonesia will kick start Opera growth in South East Asia, like Russia’s growth seems to have helped in its neighbouring countries. Opera’s market share is certainly an order of magnitude higher than the often quoted 1% market share in these areas.