Opera brings the Web to Leadtek’s media phones

The return of the desk phone.

Leadtek, a leading Taiwan-based manufacturer of video telecommunication products, has selected Opera Devices SDK to bring widgets and full web browsing to its new multimedia phones, AMOR 8210 and AMOR 8a10. Integrated with IP telephony, IP camera viewer, digital photo frame and web applications, they elevate the user experience on desk phones. The phones come with seven-inch touchscreen panels and an intuitive icon-based interface, that provide easy and immediate access to practical Internet services, such as news and weather, with just a few taps.

Leadtek’s AMOR media phones are next-generation IP video phones based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). Powered by Opera Devices SDK for Linux, the phones can easily meet operators’ requirements and bring online services to the media phones. For example, Chunghwa Telecom (TAIEX: 2412, NYSE: CHT), the leading telecom service provider in Taiwan, has recently launched the service called “iHomecare”, employing the power of this phone to provide online information services, such as weather, traffic, health care, discounts and cab reservations.

The media phone represents a new category of broadband multimedia devices that has the potential to become the fourth screen in the home, complementing the PC, TV and mobile handset. It offers always-on, one-touch access to popular online content. Industry data shows that the shipment of media phones is starting to take off. According to In-Stat’s forecast, by 2013, annual shipments of media phones, worldwide, will range from 23 million (partial subsidy) to more than 48 million (full subsidy).

“Being the next generation of the desk phones, AMOR media phones will bring a superior user experience. The performance of a web browser on this kind of device must be as good as other devices, such as PCs and mobile phones that people often use for accessing Internet,” said Michael Yang, Spokeperson of Leadtek. “Opera Devices SDK delivers a seamless Internet experience on the media phone and is easy to customize, which also gives us flexibility to meet the requirements from the operators.”

Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software, said: “Opera Devices SDK is future oriented, sharing the same underlying core across platforms, from PCs to mobile phones, connected TVs and media phones. Internet telephony is quickly becoming a key component in the operator multi-play offerings. Now with Opera technology, Leadtek’s media phones can give end users the added value of being able to access the Web on a phone screen quickly."

 

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