Opera Quenches The Thirst For Better Web Compatibility Release of Two Open Source Projects Aims To Make Developers Lives Easier

If you develop or test websites and applications, OperaWatir (pronounced “Water”) and OperaDriver are about to make short work out of testing your creation in Opera. Rather than time-consuming manual tests, OperaWatir and OperaDriver allow you to build automated tests that interact with your pages just as a user would, such as clicking links, entering text and submitting forms.

OperaWatir is a branch of the open source toolkit Web Application Testing in Ruby (WATIR). With the initial release of OperaWatir, all major browsers are now represented. For organizations that already use Watir for their internal testing, OperaWatir will allow them to include Opera in their range of automated tests. (more…)

How Trustworthy Is That Site?New “Web of Trust Extension For Opera Knows

If you have ever wanted a trusted guide to help navigate the twists and turns of the Web, look no further than the Web of Trust (WOT) extension. WOT is an extension available for Opera 11, the newest browser from Opera Software. Download WOT fromhttps://addons.opera.com/.

WOT protects you in two ways. With each site you visit, clicking the WOT icon next to the search field displays the trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy protection and child safety of the site, as determined by a global community of more than 17 million WOT users. As an added level of protection, the WOT icon is displayed in search results, Wikipedia links and links in other popular sites to determine the trustworthiness of sites before you visit them. (more…)

Opera Chosen By Sony For LCD Television And Blu-ray Disc Players

Opera Software today announced to deliver its world-class browser on Sony BRAVIA televisions and Blu-ray Disc players. Opera aims to deliver more “lean-forward”, interactive components to connected home users by offering Opera’s solution to Sony’s state-of-the-art devices.

The Opera Devices Software Developer Kit (SDK) is the cross-platform, standards-based backbone of Opera for connected TVs and Blu-ray Disc players. As a robust, open platform for creating web-standards-based solutions, Opera Devices SDK forms the ideal foundation for developing full web browsers and user interfaces. Opera brings customization and ease of content distribution to global markets by enabling the delivery of web applications, widgets, full web browsing and emerging standards such as HTML5, HbbTV and OIPF. (more…)

Japan’s Sharp Corporation Launches Two Opera Mini Enabled Handsets For India’s Youth

Sharp Corporation, leading manufacturer of electronic products from Japan, announced the launch of Sharp  SH0037D and Sharp  SH6017D mobile phones for users in India. Both these phones have been pre-installed with Opera Mini to enable faster web browsing for users.

More information about the products can be found here:
Sharp  SH0037D : http://www.sharpproducts.in/alice_overview.htm
Sharp  SH6017D: http://www.sharpproducts.in/tango_overview.htm (more…)

Developers Now Able to Author, Upload And Share Extensions For Opera 11

Opera today released the first alpha of Opera 11, the next version of the company’s award-winning desktop web browser. Opera 11 is the first Opera browser to include extensions, browser add-ons made using Opera application programming interfaces (APIs) and web standards like HTML5 and JavaScript. Opera was already the most powerful browser out-of-the-box; now, it adds a new level of customization. Opera 11 alpha is available from http://www.opera.com/browser/next/. (more…)

MTS India Champions Mobile Surfing By Partnering With Opera Software

Opera Software and MTS, the mobile telephony services brand of Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL), have signed an agreement that would enable MTS customers to download Opera Mini on a range of mobile phone models from leading handset manufacturers such as Samsung, ZTE, Haier, Huawei, Micromax and Hisense.

Opera Mini is the world’s most popular browser used by more than 71 million people on more than 3000 mobile phone models. According to analysts, one out of four mobile browser users use Opera Mini to surf webpages (source: StatCounter). (more…)

Opera Joins Wholesale Application Community

Opera Software today announced it has joined the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC). WAC is an alliance of the world’s leading mobile operators such as China Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and others, working together to define, create and deploy a common mobile application platform.

As the first browser vendor to join WAC, Opera will lend its expertise in making application platforms that harness the power of the Web. Opera brings significant experience to the alliance. In 2006, Opera first turned its web browser into an application platform with the launch of Opera Widgets. After successful deployments on smartphones, mobile applications reached the masses with the commercial availability of Opera Mini Widgets. Today, almost any phone is capable of running mobile applications written entirely in open web standards. (more…)

New Opera State of The Mobile Web Report Showcases Greater Gender Equality

Women flock to the mobile Web

In just two years, the percentage of women on the mobile Web has risen 575%, according to Opera’s State of the Mobile Web Report, published today. South Africa leads the world’s push for gender equality on the mobile Web, with women accounting for nearly 44% of mobile web users.

Opera’s State of the Mobile Web Report, published monthly, provides information on the top global trends affecting the mobile Web. The full report is available from http://www.opera.com/smw/ (English only). This month’s report includes the first results from a survey of more than 300,000 Opera Mini users, as well as a snapshot of mobile web trends in Southeast Asia.

Opera Mini demographics (more…)

Telenor And Opera to Co-Operate On Mobile Internet Growth Worldwide

The Telenor Group and Opera Software announce a non -exclusive Global Frame Agreement aiming to stimulate rapid growth of mobile Internet services across Telenor’s business units. Telenor’s business units can co-brand, distribute and run the Opera Mini mobile browser across its mobile handset and subscriber portfolios. As a result, Telenor’s customers in all geographies will be able to enjoy a fast, affordable and user-friendly mobile web experience on their favourite handset.

Under the agreement, Opera Software and any of Telenor Group’s business units may develop a co-branded version of Opera Mini that is adapted to the local operator. Opera Mini is the world’s most popular mobile phone browser with 60 million monthly users.

As part of the Global Frame Agreement, Opera and Telenor will also work to further innovate and expand the scope of the mobile web. (more…)

Lemon Mobiles Modish QWERTY – iQ707

-Flaunts Opera Mini Users to Enjoy Up-to-the-Minute Browsing Experience-

Smartphone-seekers in India can now surf the Web with the Opera Mini browser on the sleek and stylish iQ 707 from Lemon Mobiles, the mobile brand promoted by Fastrack Communications Pvt. Ltd. The iQ 707 QWERTY phone was recently launched in the Indian market and has a 3.2 MP camera, EDGE, quadband, Java and a trackball, and the latest addition is the integrated Opera Mini Web browser, which dramatically improves performance and the overall user experience.

Smartphone-seekers in India can now surf the Web with the Opera Mini browser on the sleek and stylish iQ 707 from Lemon Mobiles, the mobile brand promoted by Fastrack Communications Pvt. Ltd. The iQ 707 QWERTY phone was recently launched in the Indian market and has a 3.2 MP camera, EDGE, quadband, Java and a trackball, and the latest addition is the integrated Opera Mini Web browser, which dramatically improves performance and the overall user experience. (more…)

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