Google opens up commanding lead in mobile search

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Google now accounts for more than 9 percent of all mobile web page views in the U.S., according to browser development firm Opera Software's latest State of the Mobile Web report. Google's mobile search portal far outpaces rivals Yahoo (4.3 percent of all page views) and Microsoft Bing (just 0.03 percent)--in all, search-portal related views make up 13.5 percent of total U.S. mobile page views, with each unique user averaging 39.9 search-based page views per month. Opera adds that Google also remains the most visited U.S. mobile website in terms of unique users--Facebook follows in second place, trailed by Yahoo, Wikipedia and MySpace. The average Opera Mini browser user in the U.S. now views 295 pages per month, a year-over-year increase of 207.9 percent.

In January 2010, 50 million consumers worldwide used Opera Mini, a 7.4 percent month-over-month increase and up 149 percent compared to January 2009. Opera Mini users viewed more than 23.3 billion pages last month, up 12.7 percent over December totals and increasing 208 percent over year-ago totals. Opera Mini users generated over 337 million MB of data for operators worldwide in January.

For more on Opera's January 2010 State of the Mobile Web report:
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