Opera's browser for devices gets a makeover

Opera models the interface of its newest beta browser for Internet-connected devices on the company's latest mobile phone browsers.

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Elements of Opera Software's new interface design for its mobile browsers will find their way onto other devices.

At CES 2010 in Las Vegas (complete CNET coverage), Opera is showing a refigured Opera Devices 10 browser for device manufacturers who want to use the Opera browser to power Web activity on their products, like TVs and set-top boxes.

Opera modeled its Opera Devices 10 for WinCE beta browser on Opera Mobile 10 beta and Opera Mini 5 beta's interfaces, which feature Opera's Speed Dial in addition to tabbed browsing and slicker-looking navigation controls.

Along with readying its browser for device manufacturers, Opera is also announcing two software developer kits--Opera Devices 10.15 for Windows CE, Microsoft's operating system for embedded devices, and a similar package for Linux developers. While both SDKs include the keys to work with widgets, Flash Lite 3.1, HTML 5, and CSS 3 programming languages, and Opera's compression engine, Opera Turbo, the Linux kit will also support accelerated hardware by rendering pages faster than usual, and widgets configured specifically for connected TVs.

More details on what the SDK contains are available in Opera's press release.