Opera Software, the only company that puts the Web on any device, and KDDI, Japan’s leading 3G operator, announced that Opera Widgets will be shipped on Toshiba W56T, Sony Ericsson W54S and Sanyo W54SA from KDDI. Branded as “au one Gadget” by KDDI, Opera’s Widget technology enables users to improve and personalize their browsing experience. This is the first time Opera Widgets have shipped on mobile phones.
Opera Widgets are small and often simple-purpose applications built using open Web technologies. Users can select their favorite widget, and install it on devices that support Widgets. Opera Widgets provide instant access to services such as RSS feeds, game results, weather, traffic information, stocks, news, SNS and more. With Opera Widgets, users can easily access personalized content directly from the Web.
About “au one Gadget”: The au one Gadget is a Web application made with open standards. Users can download their favorite Gadget to their handsets. The Gadget runs on the device’s idle screen. Users can download more than one Gadget to their device. To toggle a Gadget on the idle screen, push the “left” or “right” buttons to cycle quickly through gadgets.
“KDDI continues to set the bar high for advanced mobile phones, and Opera is pleased to be a part of this revolution.” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “In addition to ensuring the best Internet experience to our users by “PC Site Viewer”, we hope that au one Gadget — as a new way of utilizing the Web — will be a efficient tool for KDDI’s customers.”
“We are confident that au one Gadget will be a key application for our mobile phones,” says Takashi Nagashima, General Manager, Consumer Service & Product Planning Division, KDDI. “Furthermore, for mobile application developers, au one Gadget is an easy-to-use application platform. Many content providers have already decided to create their original Gadget. With Gadgets technology available, mobile phones can become almost anything the users want.”
Handsets with “au one Gadget” functionality will be released in December 2007 by KDDI.
The Opera Mobile browser will be included on the following BREW-based devices for KDDI’s autumn/winter series:
- Hitachi W53H
- Kyocera W53K
- au INFOBAR 2
- Toshiba W55T
- Toshiba W56T (with au one Gadgets)
- Sony Ericsson W54S (with au one Gadgets)
- Sanyo W54SA (with au one Gadgets)
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 performance, standards compliance and small size, 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.