Dont miss this great interview with Jon Von Tetzchner of Opera.
I have followed Opera for a while now and am a fan .. and have known Jon for some time – last when we spoke at 3GSM
I found these two bits particularly interesting ..
Opera 9 and Opera Mobile 4.0 ..
What’s happening is there’s a new version in the works based on Opera 9. On Opera Mobile 4.0, we’re introducing desktop mode and zooming. The desktop mode is based on a new kernel. The Opera 8 browsers are based on what we call Core 1, while Opera 9 is based on Core 2. There are significant changes under the hood.
We see Mini and Mobile as complimentary products. Mini runs on Java, and there’s a Brew version in the works that I’m very enthusiastic about, it’s going to be great. We went away from doing just smartphones to BREW, P2K Motorola and many other phones.
Aren’t widgets are a security nightmare?
When you start to combine web code with the rest of the system you’re opening yourself up to issues – you have to watch what you’re doing there. It is difficult, but everyone wants to see power in these devices; you have to make some APIs available to access the underlying system. But we definitely don’t want to be doing something like ActiveX.
One has to be realistic, but there isn’t a single app that hasn’t had a security issue at one time or another; again, I do believe it’s the safest way to do things. There are so many things you’d like to do, and it’s better to do it web-based than natively. There’s going to be more and more service components in there; more and more applications are web-based. Whether you call it a service or not isn’t neccessary, but it’s combing communication to a server and there’s a clear trend to web-based solutions and it started with the web being made, and is being intensified with apps Google is making. ®