Opera to Transition Its Browsers to WebKit
Opera Software today announced that it plans to gradually transition its desktop and mobile browsers to the WebKit standard, which is same used by Apple's Safari browser and Google's Chrome browser. Opera's desktop and mobile browsers use the company's own Presto rendering engine. WebKit is a widely used standard on mobile devices. Opera is making the transition so that it can offer a competitive alternative browser for Android and iOS devices. Opera said that it will preview its WebKit-based browser on Android devices later this month, but did not commit to a timeframe for releasing new Android and iOS browsers.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Opera Ad Blocker Now Available to Android, iOS, Windows
Opera updated several of its mobile browsers today, bringing its ad blocking tool to Android, iOS, and Windows handsets. First, Opera refreshed its main Opera browser for Android.