Opera Widgets to debut on Mobile Phones courtesy KDDI in Japan

Opera Widgets to debut on Mobile Phones Opera Software known worldwide as the only company that puts the Web on any device together with Japan-based 3G operator KDDI, have announced that ‘Opera Widgets’ will be shipped on several phones including the Toshiba W56T, Sony Ericsson W54S and Sanyo W4SA from KDDI.

Opera’s Widget technology, which happens to make its very first appearance on the screens of mobile phones, enables users to improve and personalize their browsing experience. The Opera Widget technology has been branded as “au one Gadget” by KDDI.

For those who are not in the know, Opera Widgets are small and often simple-purpose applications that are built using open Web technologies. Users can select their favorite widget and install it on devices that support Widgets.

Using Opera Widgets, users will be able to gain instant access to various services like RSS feeds, game results, weather, traffic information, stocks, and news.

The au one Gadget is a Web application made with open standards. Users can download their favorite Gadget to their handsets. The Gadget runs on the device’s idle screen. Users can download more than one Gadget to their device. To toggle a Gadget on the idle screen, push the “left” or “right” buttons to cycle quickly through gadgets.

According to Takashi Nagashima, General Manager, Consumer Service & Product Planning Division, KDDI, “We are confident that au one Gadget will be a key application for our mobile phones. “Furthermore, for mobile application developers, au one Gadget is an easy-to-use application platform. Many content providers have already decided to create their original Gadget. With Gadgets technology available, mobile phones can become almost anything the users want.”

The Opera Mobile browser will be included on the following BREW-based devices for KDDI’s autumn/winter series:

  • Hitachi W53H
  • Kyocera W53K
  • au INFOBAR 2
  • Toshiba W55T
  • Toshiba W56T (with au one Gadgets)
  • Sony Ericsson W54S (with au one Gadgets)
  • Sanyo W54SA (with au one Gadgets)
  • Mobile phones with Opera’s “au one Gadget” functionality will be released in December 2007 by KDDI.