Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Opera Software, the Norway-based Internet browser company, today reported Q2 2012 earnings that solidified the company’s strength in mobile, and ongoing weakness in desktop usage in the face of competition from Google’s Chrome and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browsers: revenues were $52.1 million, up 32% on Q1 2011 and just about beating analyst expectations of $51.5 million. Within that, revenue from mobile consumers was up 168%, while desktop consumers were flat. Net income has dropped to $4.1 million from $5.1 million a year ago.
And while we still are hearing no more news on this rumored deal with Facebook, Opera had other (less exciting) news about another partnership with a Silicon Valley giant: it has extended its partnership with Google for it to continue being the default search option on both Opera’s mobile and desktop browsers.
Opera says it now has 200 million people using its mobile browser, a rise of 47% compared to Q2 a year ago. The company, which has in the past boasted about being the most popular mobile browser, has more recently seen competition from both Android and Apple’s iOS Safari browser. Among smartphones, is now in third position at 19% of the market, says StatCounter.