Opera to replace Flash, iPhone has its first app

Opera Software officials confirmed today that it is developing native video functionality for its mobile browser that will replace the ubiquitous Adobe Flash plug-in. "What we are doing is adding video capability directly into the Web browser so you can use text, and video, and javascript and directly execute video inside of the Web," said Tatsuki Tomita, senior vice president for consumer products at Opera Software.

Behind the move is a desire to increase the functionality of mobile Web browsers, according to Tomita. The Flash plug-in is extremely processor- and memory-intensive and on mobile devices, or any other hardware-constrained device such as even a set-top box, it is not an ideal solution. "You cannot execute and provide a good user experience," Tomita said. In addition, Flash requires more battery life than a native application.

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If Opera document the standard very good and uses Ogg Theora which is open-source, Firefox will most likely implement it too. Then, hopefully, I can watch HD web content on my Sempron 1600

Absolutely! We have incredible fast CPUs, yet this Flash over browser over OS chokes it. I'd love a hardware accellerated Flash, like Adobe Reader lately supports GPU rendering.

Quick, before Microsofts Silverlight takes over and leaves Linux users out in the cold ?

Flash is nice BUT it sucks up a lot of power because the CPU has to compute the vectors. Video on the other hand is a lot easier on a processor because all it's doing is decoding.

QuarterSwede said,
Flash is nice BUT it sucks up a lot of power because the CPU has to compute the vectors. Video on the other hand is a lot easier on a processor because all it's doing is decoding.

well all you need to do is give portable devices more power

QuarterSwede said,
Flash is nice BUT it sucks up a lot of power because the CPU has to compute the vectors. Video on the other hand is a lot easier on a processor because all it's doing is decoding.

What if we let the GPU do the vectors and scaling? Make a new "flash" that is open-source on Linux/Firefox, show users how fancy yet smooth and responsive the UI is, get Opera along and we have just entered Web 3.0.

Don't think so? Well remember how amazing quake was with openGL and a voodoo card back then

Cool. I remember reading about them developing and demonstrating native Ogg Theora playback as a prototype. Looks like their gonna make it an actual feature. The question I have is what codecs will they implement? Ogg Theora was their prototype and they said they like it because it was open source and not patent encumbered (actually, there are some patents on theora but ON2 has given an irrevocable patent licence to any user of VP3/Theora), but other than OSS users, it's not widely in use.

Yeah wtf?

It seems more speculation than anything, and the iPhone comment is completely out of context. See like a way to just gain views on that site.