What is claimed to be the industry's first Blink-based TV rendering engine, by Opera Software, will now ship on the latest smart TVs and entertainment devices based on the Android L platform.
The Opera Devices SDK (Software Development Kit) is said to allow manufacturers to shorten time to market by including support for Web and TV industry standards. The Opera Devices SDK 4.x series will launch on Android TVs by long-term Opera Software OEM partner, Sony, with the Opera Devices SDK 3.x series delivered on connected TV devices using Android Open Source from TCL.
The Opera Devices SDK also offers the new Opera TV browser which lets viewers easily browse the full Web via a standard remote control and use familiar features, such as tabbed browsing, visual bookmarks and browsing history. In addition, the Opera Devices SDK has the ability to bring Opera's hybrid TV option for HbbTV, Opera TV Store app platform and Opera TV browser for open Internet browsing to Android TV devices. It also has HTML5 capabilities to power premium over-the-top (OTT) content.
"HTML5 has proven to be the harmonising factor in a complex and fragmented industry with many operating systems, regional standards and plug-in frameworks," explained Aneesh Rajaram, senior VP for TV & devices, Opera Software. "Manufacturers seek a certain degree of freedom on the OS layer, to differentiate the user experience. But, as we've experienced, content owners are keen to re-use their investments in HTML5 apps for TV, and this is precisely where we can add value to manufacturers launching Android TV."