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Opera 9.5 SDK for Devices released

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Web browser software firm, Opera Software has released an updated SDK developer kit platform for handset developers. The release will include a new beta visual effects layer that will give users an emotionally heightened Web experience with fluid transitions, panning, zooming and interactivity. Opera 9.5 SDK will also include an improved evaluation kit that allow device manufacturers to quickly experience the potential of a product aimed to deliver the latest end user experiences for internet browsing.

To speed benchmarking, evaluation and time-to-market, the new release also introduces a bundled Flash plug-in demo and set of standard Opera Widgets, such as calendar, news reader and calculator. In addition Opera 9.5 SDK significantly improves Web page rendering performance over its predecessor, resulting in a speedier start-up and more enjoyable browsing experience.

"Opera 9.5 SDK sets a new direction towards an exciting, emotionally heightened user experience with focus on a hardware accelerated visual effects and interactivity. Our customers and the market have been asking for it, and we have delivered with this release," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software.

Other upgrades in the Opera 9.5 SDK include improved management of Widget states and download, extended APIs for password, certificate, cookie, session and plug-in management, as well as built-in site patching support.

With Opera 10 already underway, the next edition of Opera's SDK will include upgrades to features available with today's release as well as the final version of the visual effects layer and Opera Zoom.

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