lauantai 29. syyskuuta 2012

Top-3 Opera widget games on N9

Besides the Tizen games that are obviously created for touch screens, it gets a bit harder to find the smartphone and touchscreen friendly games from Opera widgets. I went through some of the available games and here are a best three games that I discovered.

1. Bubbles (

Very addictive game that also happens to work great on the new 1.2.1 version of Widget runtime. Keeps track of your high score so that you can compete against your previous best. Only annoyance is that if you change the orientation, the game resets itself. Also, the game will be shown as live icon in widget manager even though it is not playable in that mode.

2. Game FiFteen (

A classic mechanical puzzle game with 15 movable numbers to sort on a grid of 16 spaces. Works great on portrait mode.

3. Tic Tac Toe (

A clear and simple game of noughts and crosses. Works best in portrait mode.

keskiviikko 26. syyskuuta 2012

Widget runtime 1.2.1 available

A new version has just become available in the Nokia Store. It comes with a long list of improvements and fixes. The most important change in it is the way web viewports are sized. Earlier versions tried to follow the content size and automatically scale based on that. It wasn't a very stable method and some web applications behaved poorly with it, so I changed the logic to no longer use scaling by default. Any widget with dimensions specified in the configuration document will still be scaled to provide a viewport that matches the defined size. In addition, Tizen widgets will now be recognized and will automatically use viewport of size 1024x600 unless otherwise defined so there is no longer any need to define that in the configuration file. Similarly, Opera widgets will use default viewport with width of 300px, since that seems to be a default resolution in some Opera products.

Full changelog:

  * Refactored widget viewport and scale calculations
  * Improved widget manager UI by putting all the actions to a toolbar and adding a search function
  * Added a feature demo widget to show how the widget APIs work
  * Implemented support for W3C Widget Updates specification
  * Implemented support for W3C Widget Access Request Policy specification
  * Implemented support -o-widget-mode and view-mode media queries via hackish means of converting them to -webkit-view-mode
  * Implemented support for sms URI scheme
  * Implemented settings page
  * Added option to always start Symbian widgets in 2x magnified view
  * Added option to enable or disable WARP
  * Fixed regressions in 1.1.0 regarding notification id storing and comparison
  * Fixed automatic input reveal to also pan when typing on the input field modified html and places input behind VKB
  * Fixed Opera widgetmodechange event to fire with proper values expected by Opera widgets and separated it's listeners to a separate stack from W3C viewmodechange event listeners
  * Fixed Symbian widget.isrotationsupported to properly return boolean true value
  * Fixed Symbian widget.wrt references
  * Fixed cleared preference values drawn from configuration defaults

  * Fixed a random crash after uninstalling a widget with live icon
  * Fixed remote widget instances initiated before the manager not closing when uninstalling

sunnuntai 9. syyskuuta 2012

More widgets?

The most common user issue I get is basically "too few widgets". Well, good widgets targeted for mobile devices will surely be more common after Tizen comes out. Meanwhile, there are quite many widgets available for Symbian WRT and Opera. 

Opera widgets are mostly intended for desktop and often work poorly on mobile devices. But there are some good ones there. All of them are accessible through Just go to that address with your N9 and try them out.

Symbian widgets are a bit harder to get (albeit more suitable for mobile devices) because you can't just download them from the Nokia Store. Some of them, like the AccuWeather, are also available through the author's website if you know what to look for. There is also a good collection of 50 small games available at (though these are designed for devices with traditional keypad).

Let me know if there is a good place out there filled with good widgets!