Opera Launches the First Beta for Its Webkit Based Browser

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  • 05 Mar 2013
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  • Opera for the mobile platform is among the most popular browsers with versions that offer a complete experience and with the all-to-popular Opera Mini that has a lot of fans using it due to its speed and ability to save data resources.


    A short while ago, Opera has announced that its going for the more commonly spread rendering engine – Webkit that is used in browsers such as the stock integrated in Android. Among the advantages of using webkit is that it is rapidly evolving, it’s stable and very fast. Until recent and for the currently available stable builds of Opera, the browser was based on its own engine that was named Presto.

    With Webkit on board, Opera has launched a Beta version of its browser, available for testing on the Play Store. Having used it for a while, I must say I am more then impressed with its capabilities as it manages to work very fast. The interface has been completely redesigned and it resembles the one in Chrome for Android. That aside, it is way faster then the Google browser and has support for multiple pages that even though a bit glitch y sometimes, looks very good. One aspect they should diffidently change is the icon, more suited for iOS then for Android.

    “There are countless hours that have gone into making this completely new, completely re-thought Opera for Android,” says Opera Software EVP of product development Rikard Gillemyr. “I dare say that many smartphone users spend much more time using their web browser than any other app on their phones. That’s why we have made our newest mobile phone browser more elegant and more beautiful than ever, while still packing so much functionality into it. Go ahead — take the Opera beta out for a spin on your Android phone and see for yourself.”

    Download the new Opera Beta available now on the Play Store.

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