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.
Google Testing 3rd-Party Email Access in iOS Gmail App
Google is allowing people to use their non-Gmail email service within the Gmail app for iOS. Apple's own iOS email app and Microsoft's Outlook email app both already support multiple email services, as does Gmail on Android handsets.
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.
Opera Hopes New Android Browser Will Push Growth
Opera Software today announced a wholly refreshed version of Opera Mini for Android devices. Opera gave the browser a new user interface based on Material Design, which lends the browser a more native look and feel to Android devices.
Opera Enables Cross-Device Bookmark Syncing
Opera today announced that its desktop and mobile browsers can now sync bookmarks across platforms. Bookmark syncing is available in the Opera desktop browser, as well as Opera Mini for iOS and Opera for Android.