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Ask your questions to the people behind Opera Widgets on mobile phones

May 2, 2007

mobile-widget.jpgA few months ago Opera announced that the upcoming edition of Opera Mobile, based on the Opera 9 browser, will support Opera Widgets.

These Opera Widgets are small web applications that run outside of the browser and will be instantly accessible on the phone without having to launch the Web browser.

Opera Widgets are based on the same technologies used to create webpages – HTML, CSS, SVG, JavaScript (and AJAX) – so you could easily create a weather, traffic, news or email widget that gets its data by using AJAX, for example. No longer do you need to program your mobile applications in JME, etc – now, it’s as simple as developing webpage.

Opera Widgets is certainly an exciting technology platform for developers to build applications for mobile phones. There are far more developers that are able to program using web technologies than any other development technology for mobile. In addition, this will allow for user-generated mobile widgets to be easily developed and deployed.

I thought it would be beneficial for you guys and gals to get more information about widgets on mobile phones. I’ve invited a couple of Product Managers at Opera Software working on the mobile side to answer the questions you may have on mobile widgets.

Post your questions about Opera Widgets support on mobile phones to the comments. I’ll post the answers here on Opera Watch in the coming weeks.

Got any questions about Opera Widgets on mobile phones? Ask.

  1. May 3, 2007 at 1:52 am

    Is there any way that we can test our widgets in Opera on a desktop to see how they will appear on a mobile? We cannot really test widgets with xmlhttp requests so I’m just hoping there is another way to go about this. I don’t have a phone to test with either, haha.

  2. May 3, 2007 at 3:39 am

    Hi, I’m really looking forward to this and feel it’s a great opportunity for developers. Here’s a couple of questions:

    1. How are Opera desktop widgets different from the ones you can put on your phone? i mean except the obvious differences in screen size, would it be possible to just use the desktop version of a widget and put it on a phone?

    2. Which device APIs are accessible to a widget on my phone? can i e.g. get info about the CPU usage or remaining battery power?

    3. How do you put these widgets on your phone? can you download them through the browser and/or install them directly using a data cable or Bluetooth?


  3. johnnysaucepn
    May 3, 2007 at 4:38 am

    Can we make widgets compatible across mobile and desktop? In other words, can I apply a handheld stylesheet to my desktop widget and expect it to work in Mobile, or will it have to be rewritten?

  4. johnnysaucepn
    May 3, 2007 at 4:53 am

    I guess a follow-up question would be: are there plans to make the documentation for writing mobile widgets available well in advance of the release, so we can get a head start?

  5. EC
    May 3, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Like Rocco asked in #2 above, what internal phone information can be accessed via these widgets? Is there some sort of API for this?

    ie can I access the Tools and Settings – not necessarily change the settings, but at least view them, read-only… 😉

  6. comnut
    May 11, 2007 at 3:58 am

    so is anyone going to answer these questions???

    – or is it ‘just an old blog’, its dead, move along……..

    OH well, at least Firefox for Mobiles will be much better….

  7. May 11, 2007 at 10:26 am

    comnut, the answers will come shortly.

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