Another mobile browser comes around and this time it can be found live on Google Play. The browser is currently in beta and has a ton of new tools based on WebKit. The browser does not have a Mini or Mobile name, however it comes with a basic name, Opera Beta. The new browser can be got for free from Google Play.
There is hardly a trace of the old Opera browsers, and is completely different. The navigation bars are not present on the top and bottom and instead the design largely resembles the Chrome browser available for Android. So its a neat and clear outlay. There is a single bar on the top with all the controls which are neatly placed and spaced. The speed dial has also undergone revamping and shows only icons and not pictures of the website itself.
From the homepage you can access apps or icons directly. The URL and search bars have been integrated to simplify the browsing experience altogether.
The company showed off its WebKit Android browser at the Mobile World Congress, at Spain. Kakon Wium Lie, CTO of Opera Software said, "The WebKit engine is already very good, and we aim to take part in making it even better. It supports the standards we care about, and it has the performance we need," said Håkon Wium Lie, CTO of Opera Software.
Wium Lie also said that the Company wanted its crew to work with open source communities to improvise the WebKit and Chromium. Hints of a WebKit-based Opera browser named Ice first broke out in the beginning of this year. Opera CEO Lars Boilesen said that Opera had decided to forego with the traditional tabs and buttons and adopt an all-touch, gesture-based control system with Ice.
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