It's been a while since the last "Week of Opera". It turns out that these weekly updates on what's happening at Opera were rather popular, so I've decided to give this another try. I can't promise that I'll write an update every week, but I'll certainly try to get it done every now and then.
With that out of the way, let's get to the actual update! It will not be limited to week 10, but will contain a few other things that have been going on in the previous weeks as well. …
- The Core team unveiled both our new HTML5 parser, Ragnarök, and a demo build showing off WebGL and hardware acceleration.
- You can watch a sneak peek of our upcoming WebGL demo.
- Tim from the Core team sheds some light on the background of the hardware acceleration in Opera, and reveals that the WebGL demo from GDC is a preview of a more complete demo which will accompany a Dev.Opera article on how to develop high-quality WebGL content.
- Video interview with Lars (CEO) in Poland.
- Opera Web Mail (operamail.com) is finally coming home. It will no longer be limited by being hosted by a company which doesn't necessarily want to improve the service.
- In addition to the operamail.com and FastMail.FM mail services, we will unveil a brand new mail service accessible by logging in with your My Opera username and password. Details are scarce at the moment, but stay tuned for more.
- The Opera Dragonfly beta is coming at SXSW this year.
- We have unveiled Opera 11.10 "Barracuda", and made the first steps towards a revamped Speed Dial available for download.
- If you are older than 17, you can now download Opera from the Mac App Store. Of course, you can still download it from opera.com without an age limit.
- Barracuda will support the new WebP image format.
Mobile / Devices
- An important milestone was reached in January: More than 100 million people used Opera Mini and Opera Mobile.
- It's official: Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 will be the next versions of our mobile browsers.
- Opera Mini is coming for the iPad.
- Opera Mobile Store launched: Featured on the Speed Dial of more than 100 million mobile Opera users and powered by Appia, it attracted more than 15 million users in February, and had more than 700000 daily downloads.
- The Opera Mobile Store signals Opera's expansion into services, writes The Register. It is an "open" App Store not limited to a single platform, just like Opera itself is platform-agnostic. It also works with any browser, not just Opera.
- The Publisher Portal lets you distribute your apps through the Opera Mobile Store, and reach more than 100 million users.
- Opera Mini was booted from the GetJar mobile application store due to the link to the Opera Mobile Store in Speed Dial.
- Opera Mini will ship on Qualcomm's Brew Mobile Platform.
- Want to develop cross-platform applications using open web standards? Opera brings you WAC support already now.
- Opera and Telling to establish joint venture in China: Telling is one of the largest mobile phone distributors in China, distributing between 40-50 million mobile phones each year. It has more than 40 000 retailing outlets across the country. The joint venture is expected to lead to a boost in Opera's presence in China, helped by Telling's distribution power.
- Opera will be on future Sony TVs and Blu-ray players.
- Other recent deals: INQ in Britain, MTS Russia, Chunghwa Telecom (the largest telecommunications company in Taiwan), and Bess Mobile (first OEM in Latin America to preinstall Opera Mini).