Opera has announced that it will be launching a Blink-based rendering engine for Android TVs later this year. The HTML5-based rendering engine, a variant of WebKit used in Chromium, was developed by Google, with Opera being one of the major contributors to the project. Along with Android TVs, Opera's platform will make its way to other smart TVs over the course of the year.
Opera has announced that Sony would deliver the Opera Devices SDK (Software Development Kit) 4.x series on Android TVs, with TCL chosen as the OEM vendor for delivering Opera Devices SDK 3.x series. Other manufacturers -- numbering over 15 -- are said to follow suit later. With the SDK, devs can publish HTML5-based TV apps through the Opera TV Store. There's also the inclusion of the Opera TV browser, a web browser tailored for TVs that can be controlled by a standard remote control with features like tabbed browsing, visual bookmarks and browsing history.
Aneesh Rajaram, senior vice-president for TV and devices at Opera, had this to say about the platform:
HTML5 has proven to be the harmonizing factor in a complex and fragmented industry with many operating systems, regional standards and plug-in frameworks. When our TV partners announced their Android plans, Opera's latest TV solutions were a natural fit. 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.
At CES, Opera will be showcasing the latest version of the SDK, Opera Devices SDK 4.3, which contains APIs that allow developers to build more secure plug-ins. The software maker will also highlight the latest version of the Opera TV Store. To know more about the platform, head here.