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Embeddable browser aims AJAX at Linux devices

Jan 6, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Opera Software has added support for AJAX (asynchronous javascript and XML) to its flagship Opera browser and SDK (software development kit). The company hopes AJAX will help Opera succeed as a user interface and application framework for embedded devices, an increasing marketing focus for the company.

The Opera browser first appeared in the mid-90s, positioned as a low-cost, higher-quality alternative to Netscape and Internet Explorer on the desktop. However, a growing customer base among device vendors allowed Opera to make its browser free for desktop users late last year.

According to Opera, using a web browser as a user interface and applications framework simplifies the design of embedded devices, and eliminates redundant middleware. In addition to support for AJAX, other advanced features of interest to device makers include an optional standalone graphics library, DHTML, kiosk mode, and display and rendering modes to support the low- and medium-resolution displays typically found on devices, not to mention TV displays.

As part of its renewed push in the device market, Opera announced earlier this week that it will port its browser to the newest media receiver chips from Sigma Designs.

Opera CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner stated, “Advances in broadband networks and device computing power have set the stage for an explosion in the number and variety of places we will see Opera powering Internet access.”

Executive VP Scott Hedrick stated, “We are already engaged in projects with many leading global brands to deliver Opera in new IPTV set-top box deployments, networked TVs, VoIP screen phones, and other entertainment devices.”

Opera says customers currently shipping devices with Opera browsers include NDS, Amino, Archos, Nokia, Thales, and Canal Satellite. Those shipping Opera-equipped mobile phones include Motorola, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Sharp.

Opera competitor Access acquired device OS and middleware vendor PalmSoft late last year, while the open source Mini-Mozilla project received sponsorship from Nokia.

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