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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Wondercool
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2005-07-08

Well, I hope it will pan out well for Opera. Surely it must be painful to dump your own technology and switch to the competitors tech? I would be gutted if I was working for Opera.

I actually don't think Opera has a technology problem that needs solving with Webkit, more a marketing problem.

At least the latest 12.12 desktop browser seems mighty fine and it has proper extensiosn (finally after so many years)

Another problem with webkit might be that you have to keep different code bases for desktop and mobiles which might to extra costs and compatability issues.

I guess we will know in a year if it is a good move.

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PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

Opera does have a technology problem. It's called clueless web developers coding for specific browsers instead of open standards.

If you read official blogs you'll see that tons of resources are wasted on fixing compatibility problems. What if all those people working on that were working on cool new features and technologies instead?

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