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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tails92
Member since:
2007-10-07

Seconded. I started using Opera when they made it free and for a lot of time it was the browser I used. It was much more lightweight and responsive than Firefox back in the day, and while it had some broken features, the most broken of which I remember being the cookie management, the positive side of the Opera browser made you ignore those shortcomings. I liked it over Firefox so much that even if I was a NetBSD user, I would install the Linux emulation environment mainly to use Opera.
Then, Opera 10 came and it was never quite like what it used to be. It began to use a lot of memory, it began to crash frequently and if left in use for some time with a lot of tabs open it would even start to leak memory. Crashes due to broken JavaScript code are *not* acceptable.
I switched to Firefox for the time being, which at least, is better than the last Opera versions.
But I don't like the memory hog that Firefox is, and I really want to switch to something much more lightweight, say, NetSurf.

The fact that the Android version, and not just the iOS one, is using WebKit is the nail in the coffin for everything unique Opera Software had to offer. At this point, if they do not intend to develop the Opera engine further, at least they could open source it, WebKit is open source as well anyway.

Edited 2013-01-21 15:46 UTC

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PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

I remember reading the exact same comment you are writing now, only it was about Opera 6, then Opera 7, and then Opera 8...

Every version brings someone who insists that "Opera has lost its way." Pretty hilarious.

How can Presto be the only unique thing Opera offers, by the way? You can't even tell which layout engine the browser is using. It's something the user never thinks about.

It's just silly to claim that Presto is the only unique thing Opera offers. Ignoring the UI is just ignorant and lame.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

To be fair, Opera did seem to have (in my experience) such issues in the timeframe he describes - from 9.5 (IIRC - the first release after the "old style" 9.27) to ~10.5, when browser makers were scrambling to caught up with the performance of Chrome js engine ...so maybe other priorities took a back seat.

Didn't really stop me from using Opera, though. And more recent versions are working fine.

Edited 2013-01-26 23:11 UTC

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