Opera Ice Browser for iOS and Android coming in February

Opera Ice Browser for iOS and Android coming in February
Back in the day when before Android took off, the Opera Mobile browser made a name for itself by being installed out of the box on Windows Mobile devices like the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro. Sure, both devices had Internet Explorer, but back then the Opera Mobile browser was considered to be almost in the same class as mobile Safari. In addition to Opera Mobile, Opera mini uses compression technology on less capable handsets that let Opera's servers handle the heavy lifting before zipping the page off to your phone. This saves users from spending too much of their valuable data allowance on browsing.

Opera is making some changes. Next month it will launch the Opera Ice Browser which will use the WebKit engine instead of Presto, which Opera had used since day one. WebKit is the engine used on mobile Safari, Google Chrome and the Android stock browser. Instead of using buttons to navigate, the "Ice" Browser will use gestures to move forward and backward. Tabs are replaced by icons on a home page and new sites are accessed by typing in a URL or via search. To benchmark a site, an icon is placed on the opening page of the browser.

The Opera Ice Browser will launch next month for iOS and Android. While Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera, would not rule out a Windows Phone version of the software, the executive did say that "We need to focus on getting strong products out on iOS and Android. These are the two leading platforms we will focus on… They are the ones phones are being sold for." Boilesen also said that while Opera mini is a good browser, it is not up there with the leaders like mobile Safari and Chrome. "Opera mini is great, but it is not a fully-fledged offering like Chrome or Safari. There are too many sites it doesn't work with," said the executive. He added that Opera will not be dropping Opera mini. "Mini is super important … It needs to be a platform where we create users and then migrate those users to over to our smartphone products." Boilesen added that a desktop Opera browser will be released in March.

source: Pocketlint via TechCrunch



1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I like buttons instead of gestures. Doing multiple-finger actions gets really annoying after a while and they have more of a tendency to be accidently activated.

2. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The way tabs are done in Opera is its strongest point imo. I hope they don't mess it up

6. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree though the only thing that kept me from switching to Chrome on ICS was that there is no permanent Desktop Page View like opera has in settings... Opera is just awesome and it is the best to use with a bluetooth keyboard, almost without the need for touch screen input I was an Opera user on my notebook, but a while back switched to chrome... and like it... There are better things but I miss other stuff... Anyway I will try Opera Ice...

3. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I find it interesting that they're using Webkit instead of Presto. I was an Opera user, both for desktop and mobile, but I switched to Firefox awhile ago since it seems Opera didn't work like it used to. Still, I would definitely recommend Opera Mobile and Mini as 3rd party web browser alternatives. Both are WAY better than Chrome for Android.

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1226; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Awesome, can't wait to try it out. :)

5. motty

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

I Thought its an opera Ice os.Hahha, Great Browser. im so Excited.

7. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

you should come to BB10 too! oh wait the stock browser of BB10 is the fastest to date.. :)

8. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

that wasn't a very good joke -_- otherwise cool never knew that

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Not so fast, haha, Dolphin browser is, I believe: http://dolphin-browser.com/beta/ Try it out with the Jetpack on.. if you have Android, that is

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Oh wait.. here you go, buddy: http://i46.tinypic.com/vs2g7b.png My Dolphin' with Jetpack score. Beats any browser out there.. including that of the BB10(472 points )!! And that my friend, is the beauty of Android


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

The puffin browser is the king in loading rendering pages....

12. amirata_xman

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

the best browser ever

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