Opera Software Rolls Out Opera Widgets SDK Beta

Opera Software released the Opera Widgets SDK beta, enabling Web developers to deploy Web applications on any device. The Opera Widgets SDK is based on open, W3C-set standards to employ common web technologies such as HTML, CSS and media queries, JavaScript and Ajax, in creating advanced Web applications. The SDK features an emulator, libraries, documentation and Opera Dragonfly for debugging.

“Opera continues to lead the way to real convergence with the Opera Widgets SDK,” says Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. “Promoting One Web takes on additional meaning with the support of an SDK to develop full-scale Web applications for any range of devices at one time.”

Features of the Opera Widgets SDK beta include:

  • Widget emulator
    Instantly experience how widgets should appear and function across TV, computer and mobile screens, for easier cross-device development.
  • Libraries
    Save time by using libraries for animation and other characteristics that will add compelling functionality to your applications.
  • Documentation
    Gain access to extensive information on how to develop Opera Widgets.
  • User forums
    Solicit help and participate in community forums.
  • Opera Dragonfly
    Use the latest cross-device developer tools for easy debugging.

Today the Opera Widgets repository contains over 1,200 widgets for desktop, mobile phones and devices such as ARCHOS portable media players. These widgets include games, news feeds, information widgets for travel and weather, as well as Web developer tools for color pickers, pixel rulers and more. The Opera Widgets SDK makes it even easier to create widgets of various complexity, using known and practiced Web standards, that can run across devices.

“Opera has had the foresight to leverage the Web as a way to deliver content across devices,” says Jill Aldort, Senior Analyst of Consumer Mobility Applications, Yankee Group. “Demand to access information, content, and communities while mobile, is high enough such that having a full Web browsing experience is becoming a requirement for mobile phones and devices. The mobile internet is developing as a platform for application deployment, with widgets enabling improved content syndication. Opera is well positioned to play in this convergence initiative.”

Be heard
Opera Widgets SDK is still in development. We invite your feedback to ensure the final release fits your needs. Learn more and share your thoughts at dev.opera.com.

Opera Widgets SDK beta is supported by Opera 9.5 and above and is available at: www.opera.com/widgets/sdk

View the Opera Widgets SDK guided tour at: www.opera.com/b2b/solutions/widgets/video/

About Opera Dragonfly
The developer tools with Opera Dragonfly will debug Web pages, Widgets and Web applications on any device. Features include a JavaScript Debugger, DOM and CSS Inspectors, Error Console and Command Line. For more information, please visit: www.opera.com/products/dragonfly/

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.