Norwegian browser maker Opera says its efforts to build an app store are starting to show traction, with the site now garnering more than 100 million visitors per month.

Opera bills its mobile app store as the world’s fifth largest, with a catalog of more than 200,000 apps for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, iOS and Java.

Opera got into the App Store business back in 2011, partnering with Appia. It has since struck deals with a number of mobile carriers, including several operators in Eastern Europe. Java-based apps are still the bulk of downloads, although Android has reached nearly the same level thanks to a big jump over the past year. India is the biggest country for usage, though the U.S. has risen from No. 5 to No. 2, followed by Indonesia.


The banner in your graphic and a visit to the Opera app store confirms they also have apps for Windows Mobile and HTML5. 

And I'd agree that by most metrics, the app stores of Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon would be larger than Opera's app store. What metric did Opera cite? Hopefully visitors, apps downloaded or apps sold and not number of apps available.

BlackBerry's app store is dominated by one vendor (S4BB) with 46,000 of the 120,000 total apps there. Then S4BB announced plans to quadruple their number of apps: 

That action would put BlackBerry's app store ahead of Opera's app store if number of apps available was used as a criteria. 


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