Welcome to a new segment on Choose Opera: Opera Tech Break! In every episode, we interview an Opera Employee for answers to questions from all of you. For our first episode we have Sagar Chandna, Senior Marketing Manager, answering questions about the future of Mobile applications.
If you have any questions you want answered for our next or future episode, please let us know in the comments.
A crew of employees from Opera are at IBC, The International Broadcasting Convention, an annual trade show for everything TV. IBC is Europe's largest professional broadcast show and is held at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
IBC is not a consumer show. Something I experienced at the event this year. There's a lot of serious business going on down here and the big thing is (of course) 3D.
At the Opera stand we are showing off cool web applications and technology on TV's and set-top boxes running Opera as their framework or platform. The booth area is very busy, with new potential partners and customers dropping by every minute:
Opera has a lot of partners in the TV/broadcasting industry. Many systems are based on Opera technology. Here's an interface built with Opera technology. And no, that's not an iPad on the devices table:
We apologize for the sound quality in this video clip (it was shot using my mobile phone). If you crank up the volume a bit, you should be able to hear what Mikael Albertsson, an Engineer from Opera Software, has to say about Opera Widgets running on TVs. Also, notice the insane Twitter Widget rage after 0:26 seconds.
And last, but not least, here's a demo of a set-top box running Opera with support for the video tag in HTML5. It was amazing to have a YouTube clip in 1080p running on a TV. The quality was flawless and the rendering was incredibly smooth:
The Opera stand is located in Hall 4. If you're in the area, stop by our booth for a chance to meet Opera people, get a drink and see our cool demos!
Widgets are first class stand-alone applications that run on your desktop. We love widgets, so here are 25 of our favorites. This list is not based on number of downloads or ratings. Feel free to share your favorite widgets as a comment below or write a blog post about the subject!