Acer LumiRead e-Reader will Use Opera to Browse the Web
Article by George Norman
On 01 Jun 2010
Opera Software, the Norwegian developer behind the Opera web browser, has today announced that its software will empower Acer LumiRead e-readers to surf the web. The LumiRead is Acer’s new e-reader. It features an intuitive interface and grants the user access to a multitude of e-books. And thanks to Opera the user can view web content directly on the device’s 6-inch, E Ink screen.

“Opera's history and expertise on the Internet platform and across devices establishes us at the forefront of industry innovation,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. “Acer LumiRead gains the power of Opera's innovative web technologies to delight its users with a smooth browsing experience on the E Ink devices.”

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As Opera Software explained, Acer selected Opera Devices SDK in order to let users browse the web on the LumiRead. The web browsing experience users will get on the LumiRead e-reader is powered by Opera Devices SDK 10.30 for Linux. The two companies have worked hard to ensure browsing the web is an enjoyable experience for the user.

“The Acer LumiReader can enable e-read mode on e-book websites without any further customization required. The sub-screen panel shows the overview of the areas users are browsing, which enhances reading efficiency and is made possible by Opera's page-thumbnail feature. To navigate the Web intuitively with the e-reader, users can also benefit from Opera's spatial navigation by simply clicking the up and down arrows on the navigation pad to move between links in web pages or between menu items swiftly,” explained Opera Software in a press release.

In related news, Opera Software announced that it is now focusing on the next iteration of the Opera web browser, mainly Opera 10.60. When the browser will be released as a final, stable version it will come with some UI changes and a significant speed boost. For now Opera 10.60 Alpha 1 is available for download. But you should get it only if you want to test the application; otherwise, you’re better off waiting for the final version.



Tags: Opera Software, Acer, LumiRead
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