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Progressive web apps running as native OS X apps

July 26th, 2016

Progressive Web Apps are getting ready for desktop If you follow the Progressive Web App scene you’ve probably already seen multiple examples of the Air Horner app in mobile browsers such as Opera Mobile and Chrome for Android. However it is not easy to get your favorite PWA (such as Air Horner) to be a…

Progressive Web Apps presentations at Web Rebels and the PWA Dev Summit

June 29th, 2016

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to give a talk about progressive web apps at the Web Rebels conference in Oslo. If you want to get a quick intro to the what and why of progressive web apps, do check it out. Last week, I presented at Google’s Progressive Web App Dev Summit…

Making progressive web apps even better: ambient badging and “pop into browser”

June 21st, 2016

We’re excited to release a Labs build of Opera for Android with support for two experimental features that enhance the discoverability and use of progressive web apps. Ambient badging Earlier this month, Alex Russell wrote: Wouldn’t it be great if there were a button in the URL bar that appeared whenever you landed on a…

Progressive Web Apps in Nigeria and Kenya: a Double Interview

June 16th, 2016

While keeping an eye on Twitter mentions of progressive web apps, I came across a number of conversations between web developers in Nigeria and Kenya. Intrigued, I got in touch with them to hear their thoughts on progressive web apps, resulting in this double interview. Hi! Please tell us a little about yourselves. Constance Okoghenun,…

Opera TV Snap Data Format Requirements

June 9th, 2016

Table of Contents Introduction Basics Opera MRSS Feed example Item example Visualization Introduction Opera TV Snap is an industry-first, end-to-end solution that allows content publishers to create and submit a Smart TV app to the Opera TV Store quickly and easily, for free. See the Opera TV Snap page for more details. Basics Specifications you…

What’s new in Chromium 51 and Opera 38

June 8th, 2016

Opera 38 (based on Chromium 51) for Mac, Windows, Linux is out! To find out what’s new for users, see our Desktop blog. Here’s what it means for web developers. ES6 Symbol.hasInstance Constructors can now implement their own Symbol.hasInstance method, which is used by instanceof to determine whether a constructor object recognizes an object as…

What’s new in Chromium 50 and Opera 37

May 4th, 2016

Opera 37 (based on Chromium 50) for Mac, Windows, Linux is out! To find out what’s new for users, see our Desktop blog. Here’s what it means for web developers. ES6: RegExp Unicode flag ES6 specifies the u flag which enables more Unicode-friendly features and behavior in regular expressions. For example, it allows using astral…

For a Better Extensions Ecosystem

May 3rd, 2016

In 2013, when Opera desktop and Opera for Android switched over to Chromium, we faced a choice on how to go about our extensions ecosystem. We decided to look to the future and anticipated that someday developers might want to have a standardised way to make extensions (or at least, have a common set of…

Front-End Performance: The Dark Side

April 25th, 2016

On April 1st, I spoke at the very first Fronteers Spring Conference. The theme of the whole conference was performance. For my presentation, I decided to try something a little bit different: instead of talking about techniques that lead to better client-side performance, I focused on security-sensitive situations in which performance can actually be a…

Progressive Web App install banners come to Opera for Android

March 31st, 2016

Since we first shipped support for web manifest and “add to home screen” in Opera 32 for Android last year, we’ve seen an increasing amount of interest in progressive web apps. Here at Opera, we’re excited about progressive web apps’ potential to bring the web on par with native apps’ capabilities, and this while avoiding…

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