According to a recent report from ABI Research, the mobile browser market is set to really explode in the coming years, which is something Opera has known for years. But the report reveals an interesting detail on the number of Web-enabled phones (emphasis mine):
ABI Research sees this segment of the mobile browser market accounting for the vast majority of growth over the next five years, as the open-Internet browser (OIB) segment for mobile grows from 76 million in 2007 to nearly 700 million browsers delivered in 2013.
A Norwegian analyst made the connection, and pointed out that Opera apparently has a market share of 54% in this segment. According to our fourth quarter presentation, Opera shipped on a total of 40.8 million handsets in 2007, and the analyst states that this does not include Opera Mini.
If these numbers are correct, then Opera is currently the dominant mobile browser, by far. And with the incredible growth potential, it is hardly strange that more and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon.