Opera Software recently announced it has joined the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) which is an alliance of the world’s leading mobile operators such as China Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and others, working together to define, create and deploy a common mobile application platform.
Opera becomes the first browser vendor to join WAC and will lend its expertise in making application platforms that harness the power of the Web. Opera has managed to develop its web browser into an application platform with the introduction of Opera Widgets. Since then the applications have been successfully deployed on smartphones, mobile applications reached the masses with the commercial availability of Opera Mini Widgets. Opera Mini is one of the favourite products from Opera which has become a dear to internet surfers with great ease.
“WAC is being built around open Web standards, so it is valuable to have a Web browser company involved,” said Peters Suh, CEO, Wholesale Applications Community. “Opera has a proven track record in supporting Web standards. Most importantly, they have already delivered standards-compliant widget and Web application repositories to major mobile operators. Their expertise is extremely helpful as we prepare to launch the Wholesale Applications Community.”
“For years, we have said that the Web is the most important application platform there is,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “Now we have the opportunity to collaborate with global operators to make the Web the common platform for mobile applications. This will ensure mobile applications will be available for almost everyone with a mobile phone, not limited to those with smartphones or a particular OS.”