Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Jan 2013 14:22 UTC
Opera Software This is actually pretty big news - both exciting and tragic at the same time. Opera has revealed Opera Ice, its next mobile browser, to PocketLint. This new browser represent a big shift in both user interface as well as rendering engine, since it has a new, unique interface, as well as a new rendering engine... New to Opera, that is, as it's a WebKit-browser.
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Long time Opera user
by abdavidson on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 23:38 UTC
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Been using Opera since 2000 and while I'd be rather sad to see them move from their own engine (and really if they do this, can anyone NOT see them going all in with Webkit?) the reason I use Opera is absolutely nothing to do with the engine.

It's all about the UI for me. The things they did first, or the things they did right. I still can't find an implementation of their speed dial idea or its analogues that is as good, or mouse gestures (barring their horrid moment where they recalibrated it back in the 10 releases was it? Ugh), or the whole-of-page zooming and fit-to-width that were rather ridiculed by many ("Why would you resize the images as well as the text?" being a particular catchcry of Mozilla users of the era) and yet are now the standard way all browsers work (or attempt to).

I periodically try other browsers, living with them for at least a day even if it feels horrid (which is less usual these days as browsers are becoming more alike) but usually more like a few days. However each time I am glad to get back to the Opera interface.

If they decide to build a new Desktop Opera using Webkit rather than Presto I'll give it a go and as long as the user experience remains better (to me) than the others I'll continue to use it.

Forgetting that though, if they actually do come through with this Ice on iOS I'll definitely give that a go because it looks to me as if Opera have gone and done what they do best (and imo better than all other browser designers... though Apple's pinch-swipe-and-tap to change Tabs on OSX Safari is damn sweet): innovative UI design. Definitely look forward to playing with that.

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