Opera Mini for iPhone was approved yesterday and it is already making quite a splash. It managed to amass one million downloads (1,023,380 to be exact) on its first day in the Apple app store and is currently ranked in the top 10 free apps category in 86 countries.
In fact, Opera Mini is the most downloaded free app in 69 countries (out of 90) including United States. Of course, the fact that its arrival in the app store was covered by almost all major tech news outlets, definitely helped.
Opera Software is visibly ecstatic with the download figures. Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software, said, 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”.
While Opera Mini has garnered almost universal acclaim for its speed, it has been criticized for its unusual page layout and UI (user interface) inconsistencies. Mr. Boilesen has stated that, “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.”