Opera for Devices Supports Widgets Everywhere

Opera Software today announced that the Opera SDK for Devices will include Web-based Widgets in its next version, Opera 9 for Devices. Widgets can now be delivered to devices such as TVs, set-top boxes, portable media players or even game consoles. Opera’s Widgets for devices are expected to be available to device manufacturers and operators in the third quarter of 2006.

Widgets are small programs that are created using Web standards including AJAX, HTML, JavaScript, XML, CSS, DOM, RSS, SVG and Canvas, and appear as stand alone applications that can be viewed in partial or full screen mode. Able to present both online and offline content, Widgets can power the user interfaces for unique Web applications or Web services from content providers directly to connected devices, without having to write native code such as C++.

“Widgets open the door for advanced Web-based dynamic content, services and promotions on a wide range of devices,” says Scott Hedrick, Executive Vice President for Devices, Opera Software. “Through these Web-based applications end users can view content and services incorporating the latest weather, sports, news headlines, TV guide information or casual gaming. Desktops users have already discovered the wonders of Widgets, now it’s time to bring them beyond the PC.”

Widgets were first introduced by Opera in the Opera 9 beta for Desktop on April 20, 2006. This version is available for download. Opera 9 brings powerful new features to enhance the Web browsing experience and empower Web 2.0 developers. The Opera 9 SDK for Devices with Widgets will be available in late 2006.

To request the Opera for Devices commercial evaluation kit, visit Opera for Devices.

About Opera for Devices
Opera provides an optimized implementation of Internet technologies for handheld devices, digital TV and other devices, with innovative and powerful features that seamlessly adapt the Internet experience to suit varying screen sizes and input devices. In addition to being a full Internet browser, Opera is a high performance execution environment for Web applications and dynamic user interfaces based on interoperable open Web technologies such as AJAX.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross- platform Web browser technology is renowned for its small size, performance and standards-compliance, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA.