Opera to bring more web services to connected devices

Posted on Wednesday, January 06 2010 @ 13:49 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Opera introduces three Opera Devices products at CES 2010:
January is here and Opera is already kicking production into high gear with three Opera Devices product releases. During Las Vegas’ annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010, Opera will unveil two new Software Development Kits (SDKs), the Opera Devices 10.15 SDK for Linux and Windows CE (WinCE) platforms, as well as the company's new standalone browser, Opera Devices 10 for WinCE (beta).

Opera Devices remains in line with the company’s browsers for desktop computers and mobile phones, ensuring that the latest developments in Web technology are ready to be deployed on TVs, set-top boxes, portable media players, Internet tablets, mobile Internet devices and even car dashboards.

In addition to the Opera 10.15 SDKs, Opera is introducing Opera Devices 10 for WinCE (beta), a new Web browser for devices. This feature-rich, full Web browser is based on the same user interface (UI) recently released for Opera Mobile and Opera Mini. As a part of Opera’s strategy to unify the look and feel of its browser products, Opera Devices 10 for WinCE gives customers a market-ready solution that delivers the power of Web technology to nearly any device.

“Opera Devices SDKs are built with freedom and flexibility at their core, giving customers the ability to build a full Web browser, a widget or an application platform on any connected device, including TVs, STBs, media players, mobile Internet devices, and many more,” said Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. “The TV industry’s evolution and innovation has created a demand for toolkits that can handle next generation IPTV and hybrid broadcast/broadband services on any TV screen. Opera Devices SDK for Linux is just the comprehensive client to help customers harness the power of Web technology.”

Inside the SDKs
Opera Devices 10.15 SDKs for Linux and WinCE give key players from different device ecosystems the freedom and flexibility to build a full Web browser and/or create a modular platform dedicated to Web-based content, services or widgets. Opera SDK features include:

Opera Turbo – Boost browsing speeds with Opera Turbo, Opera’s server-side compression technology that is at its best when bandwidth is limited and networks are congested.

Flash Lite 3.1 – Use the Flash Lite 3.1 plug-in, available as an add-on service.

HTML5/CSS3 –HTML5 takes offline access to your Web favorites to a new level. Thanks to a local database, Web pages can now cache content and become accessible offline. Also, with CSS transforms, more dramatic animation of elements on a Web page are now possible, including transitions, scaling, rotation and skewing.

Widgets – Use Opera Widgets engine and APIs to transform a device into a complete platform for W3C-compliant widgets.

Opera Devices 10.15 SDK for Linux
While both Opera Devices SDKs bring the full power of Web technology to the device screen, Opera’s Linux SDK boasts a few additional compelling features:

Hardware acceleration –Opera Devices SDK for Linux now takes advantage of accelerated hardware to boost page rendering. The SDK also supports DirectFB for tighter integration with hardware platforms.

OOIF – Opera’s Open IPTV Framework allows for the development of HbbTV and OIPF clients, compliant with next-generation IPTV or hybrid broadcast/broadband services. For more information, go to www.oipf.org and www.hbbtv.org.

Opera Widgets for TV– Opera’s acclaimed Widgets for TV demo has been extended with remote control inputs and now includes Web browsing, a fitting addition to the widgets experience.

Opera Devices 10 for Windows CE
This full Web-browser also supports Opera Turbo and includes popular features such as portrait/landscape mode, URL auto-completion, touch screen browsing, visual tabs and Opera’s Speed Dial shortcuts to pre-selected Web content.

About the Author

Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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