By Bruce Lawsonbrucelawson. Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:31:16 AM
Yesterday at the Smartphone Show 2008 I did a five-minute presentation about Opera Widgets (and the $10,000 prizes in our challenge to find the best new widget).
It's called Opera Widgets: uses, development and standards (PDF 2MB), and shows how to use Web Standards to make compelling cross-device single-purpose applications that work on mobiles, now they're included in Opera Mobile 9.5 beta. (It's a tagged PDF as I figured that's the best format for people in suits; let me know if you need an alternative format.)
For those who want to know more, we have many articles for widget developers.
I was thrilled to be awarded first prize for Best Product Pitch by a panel of judges including representatives of Samsung, Nokia and Symbian. I want to thank my Mum, My Dad, my wife and children who timed my ten rehearsals, Divisha who helped me write it, my boss Jan… sob …
By Bruce Lawsonbrucelawson. Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:10:33 AM
Last week I was privileged to talk to students at several UK universities and present on Web Standards, why they're vital for cross-device development, accessibility and keeping the Web genuinely world-wide, as well as give a preview of some emerging standards like HTML 5. Thanks to all who came to listen, asked questions and came for a beer afterwards, and to all the lecturers who invited and welcomed us.
A zip of the Opera Show presentation "Web Standards for the Future" (ZIP 4.6 MB) is available for your viewing pleasure, although to see the examples of the
video element, you'll need the "All Together Now" preview video build of Opera.
My friend Chris Mills has given a cutomised version that expands more on mobile development (ZIP 4.5 MB).
Lecturers and students are welcome to post these on Intranets, departmental or computer science club sites.
Those who were interested in the content about the mobile web in the developing world may be interested in "Eyes on Africa", our report which shows mobile web use in Africa has grown by 558% between September 2007 and September 2008, as well as our other mobile web reports.
By David Storeydstorey. Monday, October 20, 2008 1:22:53 PM
Opera today announced that the second beta of Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile has now been released. This is joined by the first beta of Opera Mobile 9.5 for Symbian UIQ. The notable absence is Opera Mobile for Symbian S60, which will be released some time in 2009.
To encourage the creation of cross-device Widgets, we've launched the X-Widgets Challenge. This gives prizes of up to $5,000 for the best cross-device Widgets. I’m looking forward to see what people come up with. The winning Widgets will also be promoted on the Opera Widgets web site.