Opera Proves Quick-to-market in Bringing the Web to New Generation of Mobile Devices
OSLO, Norway, and CARLSBAD, Calif., D: All Things Digital, May 30, 2007
NOTE: Today Palm announced the Foleo mobile companion. Video and images are available from Business Wire and from Palm’s Multimedia Library.
The Palm Foleo is the first computer designed to be a companion to a smartphone. With the press of one button, the mobile companion’s large screen displays wireless email from a smartphone paired via Bluetooth© technology.(1) A full-size keyboard makes editing email and attachments quick and easy, and the built-in web browser provides reliable wireless Internet access. (1) With Foleo’s instant on/off capability, light and small size, and 5-hour battery life, Palm expects the mobile companion to establish a new category of personal-computing products.
Opera for the Palm Foleo provides the latest in mobile technologies, as it is the first deployment of Opera 9 to a portable device. Opera users of any device are able to visit the same web addresses they already know from browsing the web on a PC. Using their smartphone’s radio or the Foleo’s built-in Wi-Fi radio, Foleo customers can open Opera and immediately begin to browse favorite websites with stylized controls.
“Opera is delighted to work with Palm to enable a great browsing experience on their new category-defining product, the Palm Foleo mobile companion,” said Scott Hedrick, executive vice president of marketing for Opera Software. “The fact that Palm was able to integrate Opera and give it their look and feel in only a few short months demonstrates the value and flexibility of the Opera SDK.”
By building the Foleo on an open Linux-based platform and publishing the tools developers might need, Palm hopes to establish a vibrant developer community to create new applications that extend the mobile companion’s built-in capabilities. Opera demonstrates the ease with which exciting technology and applications can be ported to the Foleo mobile companion.
“Incorporating Opera into Foleo allows us to deliver a user-friendly web-browsing experience,” said Mark Bercow, senior vice president of business development for Palm, Inc. “With web browsing in mind as an important application, we also built in dedicated buttons beneath the keyboard for forward and back. Those buttons, plus the addition of the scroll wheel, make navigating the web using the Opera browser pleasant and easy to do.”
Opera for Palm Foleo includes the following features:
- Web-address input auto-completion — reduces input time with an index of address completions;
- Download manager — allows users to view download progress and access their downloads from one simple transfer manager window;
- Pop-up blocker — users can control whether to block all pop-ups or open only those that they request; and
- Bookmarks and history — allow quick access to favorites and recently viewed sites.
Opera’s flexible SDK allowed Palm to rapidly tailor the user interface to match the look and feel of the Foleo. To request an evaluation kit, please contact Opera at www.opera.com/devices.
Opera Mobile also is available for download to Windows Mobile based Palm Treoâ„¢ smartphones at www.opera.com/products/mobile/products/.
For more information on the Foleo mobile companion, please visit www.palm.com/seefoleo. To sign up for notification about Foleo availability, please visit www.palm.com/foleonotify.
About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in people’s hands so they can access and share their most important information from anywhere. The company’s products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm© Treoâ„¢ smartphones, Palm Foleoâ„¢ mobile companions and Palm handheld computers, as well as software, services and accessories.
Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm online stores, www.palm.com/store.
More information about Palm, Inc. is available at www.palm.com.