Opera releases new Mobile Browsers, showcases Hbbtv compatible browser

Opera’s announced the release of their new Opera Mini 6 and the Opera Mobile 11 browsers today. This update brings a whole lotta goodies with it,such as Pinch to Zoom (whereever applicable), Flash Support (again, whereever applicable), new sharing options, better scrolling and optimizations for tablet viewing. The update (for Opera Mobile 11) also covers pretty much EVERY smartphone OS out there, such as Maemo, Meego, Android, Symbian and even Windows Phone 7 (sorry, no iOS as of now). The Opera Mini 6 meanwhile, is a J2ME browser, and is compatible with most phones that support Java, including Blackberry devices.

Head over to m.opera.com from your device and download right away. Or head over to your respective applications stores/markets/app worlds and download away. It’d definitely worth it!

Here’s a video of the new Opera Mobile set in action:

Next up, is the sneak peak into their Solution for Hbbtv (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV), which is basically an industry standard and promotional initiative for “harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment to the end consumer through connected TVs and set-top boxes“.

Here’s the full Press Release:
Debuting all new Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11
Oslo, Norway – March 22, 2011

Can’t get no satisfaction from the mobile Web? Then you will fall head over heels for the new Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers launched today, now also available to cherish on tablets. Opera’s mobile browsers are the world’s most popular, the weapon of choice for 100 million people worldwide, used on more than 3000 devices. If you still haven’t found what you are looking for, there is an Opera out there available for you. Download to your phone from: m.opera.com and don’t stop til you get enough.
What’s new, pussycat?
Smooth operator

Improved scrolling, panning and zooming make the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers the sweetest thing to hit mobile devices since the Opera Mini 5 browser.

Feel free to twist and shout now that Opera’s features include true pinch-to-zoom on devices that support pinch.

When you find something, let it be … shared. The new versions feature a share button, so you can easily post, Tweet (twiddly-diddly-deet), or just shout it out loud on Facebook, vKontakte or My Opera.
Now also optimized for tablets

Is it any wonder? Opera for tablets brings smooth browsing to your tablet PC with a brand new interface that is sure to rock you like a hurricane.
What we say

“If you’ve lost that loving feeling for the Web on your phone or tablet, don’t let it bring you down. Just try one of our browsers,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “The sun always shines on TV, but the Opera browser shines on more than 3000 devices.”
Who are you? The difference between the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers

* The Opera Mini browser uses Opera’s servers to shake, rattle and roll webpages down to a tenth of their original size before sending them to your phone. Because the data transferred is smaller, pages arrive faster than the speed of sound. On a pay-as-you-go plan, the Opera Mini browser dramatically cuts the price you pay, because the data you use is greatly reduced. The Opera Mini browser makes any device Internet savvy.
* The Opera Mobile browser gives you the whole of the moon on smartphones and tablets. The strange magic of HTML5? Check. Full, high fidelity web browsing? Check. Sharing the same Opera Presto browser engine found in Opera’s desktop browser, the Opera Mobile browser is the premier option for fast, powerful browsing when on unlimited Internet data plans or Wi-Fi.


* The Opera Mini 6 browser brings the fireworks to J2ME, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian/S60 phones.
* The Opera Mobile 11 browser sings hallelujah on the Android, Symbian, Windows 7 desktop (labs release), MeeGo (labs release) and Maemo (labs release) platforms.

What you waiting for? Walk this way with your mobile device: m.opera.com.
Press kit

You can download a press kit by following this link.
About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software ASA has redefined web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross-platform web-browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com/.


HbbTV solution ready to electrify market
Opera Software and TARA Systems technology bring manufacturers more flexibility and cost savings
London, UK – March 22, 2011

Today at the IP&TV World Forum, Opera Software and TARA Systems, the independent provider of flexible software solutions for TVs and other devices, announced the availability of a fully-integrated HbbTV solution for connected TVs and set-top boxes (STBs). The released solution gives manufacturers improved flexibility and planning reliability.

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) brings viewers the richness of broadcast interactive services combined with broadband content, available for connected TVs and STBs. HbbTV opens the door for a new interactive TV experience, including video-on-demand, catch-up TV, interactive advertising, personalization, digital text, games and social networking. The HbbTV technology is already implemented by major players in the European TV market, such as RTL, ARD, ZDF and ARTE.

The newly available combined product will integrate the latest Opera browser rendering engine with TARA’s HbbTV framework and advanced Digital Video Broadcasting middleware. The result is a ready-to-market HbbTV solution that gives OEMs maximum flexibility and brings to users a feature-rich experience with full support for next-generation broadcast portals and services. The highly modular approach enables device manufacturers to deploy the HbbTV software in almost any possible scenario, independent of DVB stack and chipset.

“Opera is the leader in innovative web-technology based solutions for TVs and set-top boxes,” said Frode Hernes, VP of Products, TV and Connected Devices, Opera Software. “Our partnership with TARA Systems broadens our customers’ choices for fully integrated HbbTV solutions, making it possible for TV and STB manufacturers to rapidly implement HbbTV functionality on their devices. This can help manufacturers to get products to market faster while saving money on development costs.”

“For TARA Systems, HbbTV is of strategic importance,” said Managing Director Alexander Wass. “Currently, we see more and more manufacturers which want to add the HbbTV feature to their existing software. For these customers, we offer together with Opera an independent and reliable solution with well designed interfaces, which has been implemented exactly along the specifications.”

The public demonstration of the Opera and Tara Systems HbbTV solution will be at the IP&TV World Forum 2011, March 22 – 24 2011. The demo will be hosted at Opera Software’s booth at position 47.
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