Opera 11 will have extensions, Opera on Android next month

By on October 14, 2010, 3:30 PM
Opera has made two separate announcements, one for its desktop browser and one for its mobile counterpart. The former is getting extension support and the latter is heading to Android next month with some tasty new features.

Opera 11 has at least one very important confirmed feature: Opera Extensions. The company says extensions will easily add new functionality to the browser experience and developers will be able to create them using open standards such as HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and supported APIs (the alpha release supports injectable JavaScript, callouts, certain UI items, and a basic Tabs and Windows API). Extensions will be based on the W3C Widget specifications, which is being considered for an Open Standard effort, and the company is trying to make it easy to port extensions from certain browsers, but wouldn't say which ones. Some extensions will have interface elements while others will run in the background. Opera 11 Alpha is out yet, but the company says it will be "soon."

Opera Mobile is going into beta for Android phones within the next month. Opera Mobile for Android will get the long awaited pinch to zoom support in its first beta. The current versions of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini have two levels of zoom: one for the full page width and one for zooming in to read the text. Pinch to zoom allows text to redraw almost instantly at all zoom levels, without compromising speed or data compression. Hardware acceleration, which makes navigating a page, panning, and zooming faster than ever by taking full advantage of the phone's GPU power, will come in a later build. Opera also announced that Opera Mini for iPhone will receive an updated version this year featuring both pinch to zoom and hardware acceleration.





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lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Meh... Call me when Opera is relevant.

Emil said:

lawfer said:

Meh... Call me when Opera is relevant.

I agree with you on the desktop, but in mobile Opera is very popular, and rightly so.

Guest said:

opera is the best, from the beginning.

Guest said:

both of you are ****** .. opera is totally relevant . took me about a hour to get Firefox to do all of the things that opera does outta the box. opera is the true innovator in the browser market . everything that makes up the modern browser Firefox , safari , internet explorer, and chrome have all copied off of opera . soo get informed ,or at least get a clue?? opera is relevant.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

both of you are ****** .. opera is totally relevant . took me about a hour to get Firefox to do all of the things that opera does outta the box. opera is the true innovator in the browser market . everything that makes up the modern browser Firefox , safari , internet explorer, and chrome have all copied off of opera . soo get informed ,or at least get a clue?? opera is relevant.

Opera is IRRELEVANT in the desktop world. Nobody is saying it's bad, or it that is featureless. To give you an example: The 3-year old Chrome surpassed in MARKET SHARE, the 14-year old Opera. That is having irrelevancy. Next time, read a book or two.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

Opera is IRRELEVANT in the desktop world. Nobody is saying it's bad, or it that is featureless. To give you an example: The 3-year old Chrome surpassed in MARKET SHARE, the 14-year old Opera. That is having irrelevancy. Next time, read a book or two.

If Google didn't make a browser and pimped Opera everywhere they are pimping Chrome, then Opera would have much greater market share. The only time you hear about Opera outside of a tech site/forum is if you go to Opera's home page, which non techies would only end up on by mistake, trying to get to some musical opera page.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

SNGX1275 said:

Opera is IRRELEVANT in the desktop world. Nobody is saying it's bad, or it that is featureless. To give you an example: The 3-year old Chrome surpassed in MARKET SHARE, the 14-year old Opera. That is having irrelevancy. Next time, read a book or two.

If Google didn't make a browser and pimped Opera everywhere they are pimping Chrome, then Opera would have much greater market share. The only time you hear about Opera outside of a tech site/forum is if you go to Opera's home page, which non techies would only end up on by mistake, trying to get to some musical opera page.

You, too, are wrong. To give you yet another example: Safari, which is the default browser for Mac OS X, which is also rarely -if ever- downloaded by Windows users (mainly due to the better, more-native browser alternatives [such as Opera itself]), is in fact, just 7 years old. And is more used than Opera. Now, you would say that every Mac that is sold, almost translates that every person will use Safari. While that might be true, you also have to realize that Apple doesn't advertise Safari as much, if at all. Mainly because they know that other browsers won't perform as good on Mac OS X. And also due to the fact that the people that buy these systems, usually have this elitist mentality, where using another browser from the "bunch", would go against the very reason they bought the system.

Also, I don't see Mozilla "pimping" Firefox everywhere. The features, and more importantly, its Addons spoke for itself. You don't need to own a search engine, or a video streaming site to (successfully) advertise your browser; while yes, Google's major internet presence has led to much of Chrome's adoption, it is not because of its internet presence that has made it so popular, it is its (minimalistic) features.

Not that Opera is featureless, but the problem with the Opera team is that they do innovate, but they don't polish their innovations. When they created tab browsing, Firefox came, copied it, and made it the best tab browsing experience. Just like with speed dial; a Firefox Addon copied it and made it better.

Opera is and will remain irrelevant, not because its featureless, but because there are browser that do what Opera does, better.

Guest said:

err opera didn't create tabbed browsing...

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

I disagree with almost everything you said lawfer.

Guest said:

Actually opera did create tabbed browsing, it was created before firefox came out.

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