Opera Launching New WebKit-Based Browser for Android in February

The upcoming mobile browser will be called Opera Ice

 
In an attempt to remain competitive on the mobile market, Opera Software will be launching a new browser for tablets and smartphones in February. Dubbed Opera Ice, the new mobile browser will be based on WebKit platform instead of Presto.

In an attempt to remain competitive on the mobile market, Opera Software will be launching a new browser for tablets and smartphones in February. Dubbed Opera Ice, the new mobile browser will be based on WebKit platform instead of Presto.

The folks over at Pocket-Lint have just published an “all-hands” demo of the upcoming Opera Ice mobile browser, which was showed off for the first time last month.

It looks like Opera Ice will come with icons on a homepage instead of tabs and users will be able to access new pages via Search or by directly typing in a URL.

According to Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera, the new mobile browser will be built around “hiding technology,” which means most buttons will be removed and replaced by gestures.

“This is a full touch and tablet-focused browser. Most are taking a PC browser and squishing [it] into a tablet, or they are taking a mobile browser and blowing it up to fill the space,” explains Boilsen.

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