INTERNET BROWSER FIRM Opera Software has announced the latest version of its embeddable web browser engine for TVs, Opera Devices 3.0.
The company will release the SDK for the web browser, which boasts up to 10 times improvement in performance. It also features improved HTML5 compliance, enhanced compatibility with HbbTV, an upgraded content developer kit for web apps, and the potential to build better user interfaces.
Opera has been moving away from the desktop browser arena, which is dominated by Microsoft, Google and Mozilla, and is focusing instead on alternative platforms. It has already established a following on smartphones, where its Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers are widely used.
This latest move will see it expand further into the smart TV market, which has yet to show its full potential. This is clearly a big area for Opera, as it has previously made significant deals with set-top box companies such as Germany's Max Communication. Since the TV market is relatively new and uncharted, it might be able to build a large market share there before the big names become involved.
Opera will launch its Opera Devices 3.0 web browser at the IP&TV World Forum later this week, where it will also demonstrate the software development kit. µ