Opera Software has launched 'Opera Widget Runtime' that will allow operators and developers to expand their selections of applications on the Android platform, to include WAC (Wholesale Application Community)-compatible applications. With the WAC specification, an ecosystem for operators, mobile manufacturers and developers is created as several independent, yet compatible application stores. This allows developers to programme for several platforms, and operators to quickly establish an application store within their networks.
Opera Widget Runtime is a fully functional implementation of the WAC 1.0 specification, ready to be installed on Android devices. "With heavyweight supporters of the community, the WAC specification has the potential to reach more than three billion mobile phone users who now have no access to a mobile application store," the company claims.
With Opera Widget Runtime, operators can now start building their own services based on WAC specifications and implement their own application store across devices and platforms. With possibilities of installing an alternate application store on several mobile platforms, the WAC specifications make deployment, development and download easier.
The Opera Widget Runtime can be customized and integrated with any WAC application store. Developers are now able to start developing and porting their applications to the WAC 1.0 specifications and run them on a mobile phone.
“With WAC, the implementation is fast and multi-platform — right here, right now,” said Christen Krogh, CDO, at Opera Software. “The WAC specification opens up new markets, previously inaccessible for operators and developers.”