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WebKit-based Opera Browser for Android Available

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Mar 5, 2013, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Opera Software today made a beta version of its new WebKit-based browser available to Android devices in the Google Play Store. Opera announced earlier this year plans to switch from its own home-grown Presto rendering engine to the more widely-used WebKit rendering engine. The beta now available in the Play Store is the first version of Opera Mobile to include the WebKit rendering engine, as well as Opera's own user interface tweaks. Opera's customizations include a revised Speed Dial screen, simplified tab management, and deep browsing history support. The beta browser is free to try on devices running Android 4.0 and up.

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Charles Bigelow

Mar 5, 2013, 9:27 AM

Presto! Hocus Pocus

Webkit based Opera Browser. I wonder whose platform they are most similar to. Chrome or Safari?
They finally realized that their proprietary Presto platform is not compatible with all websites.
Have you checked it out? I got to see it in Barcelona last week and was impressed with the custom UI stuff for personalization. It was fast on the demo devices I saw, but that doesn't necessarily translate to real-world behavior.
T Bone

Mar 5, 2013, 11:17 AM

What's so great about webkit?

Seriously...why is everybody switching over the webkit? Even the Blackberry browser has been webkit since 6.0 was released in 2010....
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