Opera gets pipped by Android in mobile standings

Opera Mini has taken a back seat in the global popularity race after Google's mobile browser claimed second place in worldwide usage of the web with smartphones and tablets in October.

The figures, released by Net Application in its monthly browser user stats, shows that Safari has also seen a rise. However, the biggest change is the shift from older phone operating systems, where Opera Mini is more popular, to Android.

Yet while Google's unbranded browser rose in the rankings, from 16.3 percent in September to 18.7 percent in October, the coveted top spot was still held by Apple, which seems to be showing no signs of ending its stronghold on the market.

Opera Mini, on the otherhand, has not been so fortunate and has slipped from 18.9 percent to 13.1 percent. But with a constantly evolving marketplace, it seems that Opera now has plans to align itself with Android - and this may well pay dividends. The forthcoming version of the full Opera mobile brower - which will enable an internet connection even when the network capacity isn't sufficient, could bring Opera back into the running.

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