A week of Opera: Week 37, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010 9:00:00 PM
We announced that the desktop team is growing, having added as many as 9 experienced engineers in one go.
Opera Mini is getting some love in Russia with this hilarious ad by MTS, the biggest Russian mobile operator. We announced an agreement with MTS back in February.
The Fall 2010 edition of the Opera Insights newsletter was published last week. While it is primarily aimed at businesses, it sheds some light on parts of Opera's overall strategy if you are interested in that kind of thing. For example, it explains the importance of the new Opera CDK, as it lets you quickly and efficiently develop content and applications for TVs straight from a computer. It also talks about how different devices will usually not replace each other, but will rather complement each other. While you can do some basic gaming on your phone, doing so on a dedicated portable gaming device is a completely different experience!
The connected TV market is growing, and Opera is investing heavily in that. We announced that we've been working with Trident on their Set Top Box solution, and Choose Opera had a bit of coverage of the yearly IBC TV trade show from the week before.
For example, you can see a video of Opera running on an embedded device, playing a H.264 encoded(!) HTML5 video on Youtube. Another video shows Opera running on an STB (Set Top Box), where you can see both Opera Widgets with fancy animations, and the full browser (including Speed Dial).
Jennifer has more pictures of Opera at at the IBC.
On the mobile operator front, it looks like the US is starting to notice Opera's rapid growth. We also announced a new deal with Russian operator NTC.
Finally, if you are interested in open standards, check out Molly's summary of the W3C CSS Working Group's face to face meetings at the Opera HQ.