Opera Ice Browser for Android Coming in February, Uses Webkit (Video)
Opera Software, the company known for its Opera browser now wants to be part of the smartphone and tablet game, with a brand new browser called Opera Ice. The product will launch in February and below you can watch a hands on demo of the software. This was actually done a while ago, before Christmas 2012 actually.
Lars Boiselen, Opera CEO took the stage and revealed the company’s strategy for 2013. Then product managers were there to demo the browser, that will run on WebKit and not Presto this time. Opera Ice is based on the idea of hiding the technology in the background and involves rich applications. It also gives up all buttons in favour of gestures and even ditches forward and backward, plus tabs. The tabs are now replaced with icons. Said icons are placed on a homepage, while new pages are accessed through search or typing in a URL.
If the users want to bookmark a page they can tap a part of the screen and place an icon for that page on the opening screen. Boilesen also said that we could see a launch on Windows Phone, at some point. In other news, Opera is not ditching the Opera Mini browser and I find those pages shown on the screen in the demo very interesting, a bit reminiscent of the Kindle Fire carousel experience.