Opera Software has announced that widgets will now be available on any device capable of running Opera Mini. This is in line with what we were told at Capital Markets Day 2010.
Opera Software has been heavily promoting widgets ever since its inception. To be frank, Opera widgets on desktop are not very useful. However, the situation is quite different with Opera widgets for mobile. Over there, tiny applications such as widgets are often just what a user needs. For example, a simple eBook reader or currency converter is an extremely handy app to have on a mobile phone. On the other hand, the developers get the opportunity to develop applications, which will work on almost any phone.
Our new Widgets platform releases operators and manufacturers from the native application box and gives them the tools needed to develop Web-based content that is fun, useful and available to everyone,said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.
The new widgets platform will take advantage of the recently announced cross-platform UI framework. By rebuilding Opera Mobile Widgets Manager with the new UI framework, Opera Software is hoping to help mobile service providers and handset manufacturers deliver a better, more unified user experience on nearly any phone.