Opera Software says Opera 11 will support browser extensions. Meanwhile, Opera Mobile for Android is on the way, with new features such as hardware acceleration and Pinch to Zoom.
some details of the next version of its browser, Opera 11, noting that the
browser will support extensions.
At an Oct. 14 company press event in Oslo, known as
"Up North Web
officials discussed the future of the Web and shed light on where they hope to
see Opera in that future. Opera officials who spoke at the event included: Lars
Boilesen, Opera CEO; Jon von Tetzchner, Opera co-founder and former CEO;
Christen Krogh, chief development officer at Opera; and Hakon Wium Lie, Opera's
chief technology officer.
"Opera has always believed that the Web will advance
through open standards and that it should be available everywhere, irrespective
of platform, device and geography," said Boilesen in a statement.
Meanwhile, in an Oct. 14 blog post about the
extensions support coming in Opera, Espen
Andre Overdahl, community manager at Opera Software
"Extensions in Opera is a way for you to easily add
new functionality to your Opera browser experience. Developers can easily
"Extensions will be based on the W3C [World Wide Web Consortium]
and this is being considered for an Open Standard
Overdahl said Opera Extensions will be similar to
extensions in other browsers, "and we have tried to make it easy to port
extensions from certain browsers. We are committed to open web standards and
this is an important part of our strategy, so if you find us deviating from
other solutions out there, this might be why."
Overdahl said for the first iteration of Opera Extensions the company is
focusing on open web standards and "getting it right." The alpha
basic Tabs and Windows API, he said.
the Opera Extensions feature is not yet available, though it is coming
"soon," Overdahl said. "Opera 11 Alpha will be made available
soon at http://www.opera.com/browser/next/
officials also discussed and demonstrated technologies and features being
introduced in the next versions of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile, including
hardware acceleration and pinch to zoom. Demos included Opera Mini on iPhone
and Opera Mobile on Android.
In an Oct. 14 blog post, Aleksander
Aas, an online community rep at Opera
, said Opera Mobile for Android will
include new features including hardware acceleration and Pinch to Zoom.
"This is without a doubt the next generation of mobile browsing," Aas
"Hardware Acceleration allows Opera Mobile to run at
lightning speed," Aas said in the post. "Navigating a page will be
faster than ever, and the improvements to the UI will be momentous. All this is
made possible by taking full advantage of the power available on your phone.
Hardware Acceleration allows us to do amazing things like full pinch to zoom
for all sites. It also allows us to have a more fluid interaction with the
In addition, regarding Pinch to Zoom, Aas said:
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. With Pinch to
Zoom you will be able to choose your own level of zoom just like in Opera
Desktop. Text will now be rendered at a per character level and zooming in will
be a fluid zoom from page-width down to the text you want to focus on."
said Opera Mobile for Android will be available from http://m.opera.com
and Android Market within a