Opera today introduced its new widget runtime platform for Google’s Android operating system. The new runtime will support the new Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) 1.0 specifications. The new alpha release of the widget runtime allows developers to get a big head start in developing applications for smartphones. At the same time, the WAC implementation serves as a platform for distribution.
For the un-initiated, WAC is an alliance of the world's leading mobile operators and OEMs, such as Vodafone, Verizon, China Mobile, Telenor, Telefonica, AT&T, Samsung, Huawei and others. The alliance works together to define, create and deploy a common mobile application platform.
With the new widget runtime platform, Opera has entered a natural arena for its popular widget system. Currently, Opera has implemented cross-device widgets on the Opera desktop browser, Opera Mobile and Opera for devices.
For those who want to start developing widgets and begin implementing the new WAC API can download the runtime from here (The runtime is provided for evaluation and demo purposes and is free of charge for all developers). Instructions for the installation of the runtime can be found here.