Archive for March, 2006

Dolphins Surfing the Internet with Opera Mini

March 31, 2006 1 comment

Our buddy Dan Yurman, who will be joining Opera Watch sometime soon as a columnist, wrote an interesting article about how dolphins are surfing the internet with Opera Mini.

While we’re on the April Fool’s agenda, take a look at this article which claims that Sun Microsystems is talking to Opera about developing a customized version of the Opera mobile browser with bathroom-targeting technology. This technology would detect when a cell phone is in use in the bathroom in order to provide bathroom-specific mobile advertising like hand soap, dental care, and even beauty products.

Happy Opera Fools Day!

Categories: Opera Mini

Nokia renews contract with Opera mobile, despite working on Open Source browser with Apple

March 31, 2006 3 comments

Opera today announced that it had renewed its contract with Nokia to include Opera’s mobile browser on Nokia’s mobile phones.

This contract renewal comes despite Nokia collaborating with Apple on a new Open Source browser for their Series 60 smartphones using the same components found in the Safari Web browser. The deal with Opera shouldn’t be construed that Nokia is moving away from Apple. Their contract renewal with Opera has no set termination date, which means that Nokia could ax the Opera Mobile deal just as quickly.

More than 17 million people bought a mobile phone that included the Opera browser during 2005, compared to 8.8 million units in 2004. The browser was included on 24 different handset models in 2005, compared to 13 models in 2004. Opera’s goal for 2006 is to at least double the number of mobile phone models that include the Opera browser.

The number of mobile phones sold that include the Opera browser, is expected to increase significantly in 2006 compared to 2005.

Categories: Opera Mobile

Opera's Web Applications team starts blogging

March 29, 2006 4 comments

Opera’s Web Applications team started a new blog today dealing with the Opera Platform (the first mobile AJAX framework), Opera Widgets, and general web developer topics including AJAX.

Go ahead check it out; perhaps you’ll learn something new. They even have a little game in the second blog post that is quite addictive. Note, you need Opera 9 TP2 or preferably the latest weekly build of Opera 9 to play this game.

Categories: Uncategorized

Opera Mini gaining worldwide momentum

March 29, 2006 2 comments

Opera’s mobile division is staying busy, announcing four more new contracts with companies that will promote and distribute the Opera Mini mobile browser to their customers.

The four companies are US-based PriceRunner, HT Telecom in Latvia, Small Planet in Russia and the Baltics, and Denmark-based Unwire, which will distribute Opera Mini in 180 countries.

This announcement comes only days after Opera announced three important distribution agreements for Opera Mini with T-Mobile, GrameenPhone in Bangladesh, and the German telecommunications service provider, Debitel.

Opera Mini is picking up momentum after its global launch in January 2006. Opera’s Eskil Sivertsen likes what he’s seen so far, telling Opera Watch “we are very pleased with the progress Opera Mini is making, and its download numbers are increasing.”

Opera Mini’s downloads are increasing every day, in contrast with the desktop browser, where the downloads typically reach a high peak with every release, then decline some and stabilize, Opera Mini is the opposite. “To ensure widespread distribution of [Opera] Mini we are dependent on distribution deals like the ones we have just announced, and for every new deal the curve goes up. So with [Opera] Mini, the per-day download numbers are only increasing over time.”

Eskil also pointed out that with the pre-installments and distribution deals with large and small companies around the world Opera is reaching more and more people through their own channels – people that have never heard about Opera Software, let alone the concept of mobile Web browsing.

Since Opera is not planning on spending millions of dollars on an Opera Mini advertising campaign, it is extremely dependent on these kind of distribution deals to get the Opera Mini word out.

Opera is betting high on the success of Opera Mini. It already has a stronghold in the traditional mobile market, and is aiming now for the 700 million Java-enabled mobile devices with Opera Mini. There is a lot of excitement in Opera over the future of Opera Mini. “You’ve only seen the beginning”, says Eskil.

If the stock market is any indication, Opera’s shares reached an all-time high after the Opera Mini deal was announced with T-Mobile and Debitel.

As of a few weeks ago over 1.7 million people have downloaded the browser. The new and current download numbers will be made public shortly by Opera.

Opera Mini is available as a free download to all users; however, mobile operators have the option of including a customized version of the browser on their mobile devices for a licensing fee.

Categories: Opera Mini

KDE's Konqueror browser passes Acid2 test; Opera standard?

March 28, 2006 9 comments

After saying that they passed the Acid2 test in their internal builds, KDE released a new public version of the Konqueror browser, which passes the Acid2 test.

Not only did they pass the Acid2 test, which is a milestone, but they did it according to Opera’s standards. Or at least so says their changelog.

From the KDE 3.5.2 changelog:

“Implement CSS2.1 quirk about behavior of overflow and root and body. Now we pass Acid2 according to Opera’s standard, but in an actual release version.”


Via Saito

Categories: Acid

How competing websites stack up against each other

March 23, 2006 14 comments

David Storey, Opera’s Web Opener, came up with an interesting dueling contest idea that puts websites of competing brands against one another and seeing how well they display in various browsers. It also looks at other stuff, such as the use of CSS, JavaScript, and plugins.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Does the site work in all major browsers? (IE, Opera, Firefox, Safari)
  2. Does the CSS and (X)HTML validate or use standards based code the validators do not recognize yet?
  3. Are there any JavaScript errors?
  4. Does it use CSS or table based layout?
  5. Does it use CSS for style or HTML tags?
  6. Is the (X)HTML semantic and lightweight?
  7. Does the page work without plug-ins?
  8. Does the page work without JavaScript?
  9. Does the site follow accessibility guidelines such as alt tags on images?
  10. Are decretive images included in the CSS instead of the HTML?
  11. If a print option is offered is it a stylesheet or a separate page?
  12. Is a handheld stylesheet offered or the site mobile friendly?


What are some of the sites that you would like to see duel it out?

Categories: Compatibility

Opera Co-founder Geir Ivars√ły Passes Away

March 17, 2006 3 comments


Geir Ivarsoy, the co-founder of Opera Software, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Geir along with Jon von Tetzchner developed the Opera browser, initially known as MultiTorg Opera, while working for a Norwegian Telecommunication company in 1993. In 1995 the two of them spun off their project and founded Opera Software.

At a board meeting in January of 2004, Geir (together with von Tetzchner) announced his wish to resign as a board member in Opera Software, though he remained active in the company even after that. In June of 05 he was elected as a member of the Nomination Committee of the company.

He passed away on March 9th; Opera employees will pay their respects to Geir at his funeral today at Grefsen Kirke in Oslo.

My condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues at Opera.

RIP Geir Ivarsoy.

Categories: Uncategorized