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Opera Announces Phone Software Platform

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Oct 17, 2003, 12:48 PM   by (staff)

Opera Software last week announced the Opera Platform for carriers and handset manufacturers. The Opera Platform allows carriers to push their own content and services right on the handset's main screen, independent of type or operating system. Information from local applications such as Messaging and Calendar can also be easily integrated on the Home Screen. When checking time, battery status, signal strength, new messages, missed calls or any other phone functionality, users can see updated information to online content and services.


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Oct 17, 2003, 4:57 PM

What is the underlying OS here?

I'm wondering what this is "running on." I read the article, but I couldn't tell.

Is it running on top of Symbian? Nokia's Series 60? Is it a complete platform for the entire firmware on a phone? (No underlying OS?) What exactly are we talking about here?

But despite the lack of details, I have to say that I like the idea of a dynamic "Today" screen (Opera calls it "Home") for my phone. Also, I trust Opera's software much more than that of most companies.
From what I understand, it is designed to be OS-independent. So it could theoretically be integrated with a smartphone OS such as Series 60 or Windows Mobile, or it could be implemented on a feature phone with a proprietary OS.

Not 100% sure, but t...
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