Opera’s State of the Mobile Web report 2010 says that Facebook is the second most searched website after Google on the mobile web in India. Orkut, owned by Google, and once the numero uno in India, has slipped to fourth position.
Another big gainer in the latest report is Youtube, currently at third spot. Youtube is accompanied by another video site vuclip.com at the tenth position. This suggests that people are watching online video on their mobiles, which is good news for operators launching 3G services.
Another thing people do on their mobile phones is download apps. Getjar, a mobile app website for Java based phones is the fifth most often visited website among mobile users in India. Getjar is followed by zedge.net, which is another website for free mobile stuff.
Wikipidia has moved up one notch in popularity and is not at the number eight position; and Twitter too is a gainer at the sixteenth position.
The biggest loser in the current report is Songs.pk, a website for Hindi film songs. The decline in its popularity doesn’t indicate a slump in interest in Hindi songs though. We believe that Nokia’s Ovi Music is gaining popularity, and people prefer Ovi because it has legal music of consistent quality, unlike the pirated music on songs.pk. The ten handsets most used by mobile web subscribers in India are all Nokia devices.
Another major trend unfolding on the mobile web is the increasing use of shopping websites. People seem to be accessing shopping websites from stores to find out if they can get a better deal online.