Software development hasn’t been limited to desktop or laptop PCs for a long time, but the platform getting new applications at breakneck speed is one that might be in your mobile phone. Each week there seems to be a new application or widget out there. And we’ll be watching to see what stands out. Two new applications have launched that will make mobile searching all the easier.
Cooliris for iPhone
The first is Cooliris, the popular browser extension, which is now available as an application for the Apple iPhone. This app lets users search the Web for media and news where the results are displayed on an endlessly streaming 3D wall. This version of Cooliris for the iPhone utilizes two main features: Search and Discover. Search allows users to browse the latest pictures and videos and Discover is an up-to-date portal for news, sports, entertainment, business, as well as a variety of other featured channels. The app takes advantage of the iPhone’s GPS. Discover for example, provides a regional news channel, as well as the traditional feeds and lets users zoom in on stories of interest. Cooliris is also compatible with the iPod Touch.
Opera Mobile 9.5 Opera Widgets
Windows Mobile and UIQ-based users will be able to try out the Opera Mobile 9.5 beta with Opera Widgets. This means a more streamlined experience for users. And with these new improvements, users will likely see even more mobile Web possibilities as Opera is also launching an updated SDK (Software Development Kit) to encourage more user-generated widgets. This SDK will enable developers to quickly and easily create widgets using standards-based Web technology. The Opera Widgets SDK now includes two new features:
- Widget manager – This is used for on-device testing. Widget managers for S600, UIQ and Windows Mobile are included in the SDK for testing widgets directly on the mobile phone.
“Opera has built its second Opera Mobile 9.5 beta based on user-generated feedback following its first public release earlier this year,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “In addition to Opera Widgets, this new test version promises to be a smoother ride than the previous version, as we have improved page loading times and increased our focus on end-user productivity.”
To spur interest from developers, Opera is launching the updated SDK with a developer competition called the “X Widget Challenge.” Opera is offering $10,000 in cash prizes for the best cross-device widget submissions.
Opera Mobile 9.5 beta with Opera Widgets is available for download beginning this week.