Interesting piece from the Register.
I’ve been dimly aware of Opera Mini for a while, but only recently, have I become aware how popular and critical it is outside the US.
The proxy browser idea is a smart one, and it never occurred to me that Opera was creating an enormous cache of data generated by its millions of users. Naive, I suppose.
It’s interesting to study how various parts of the World are getting to the mobile web, all following their computing roots. Here in the US, it took a small computer to jumpstart the move; in many countries abroad, it took an experience optimized for low band connections.
The end result feel inevitable. Imagine that conversation three years ago. I had a very similar one in 2008, eye-opening.