Ice Opera: a browser for smartphones and tablets will come in February

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Ice Opera is a new browser developed by Norwegian company Opera Software, destined to smartphones and tablets, which will be officially released next February. For now it is known that Ice will support mobile devices with Android and iOS operating systems, use the WebKit rendering engine (Google Chrome, Safari and Maxthon) and is intended to improve the touch experience in navigation.


Ice Opera ignores the Presto rendering engine used in his older brother Windows desktop, replacing this by fast WebKit browsers used Google and Apple. Also dispensed with tabs, by changing these icons and various buttons will be supplemented by gestures.

So far Ice Opera is in beta and will be officially launched next February. The Norwegian company said that this release does not imply the disappearance of its mobile browser: Opera Mini, which is based on Java ME and carrying around since 2005, but these coexist.

By the time this new browser is developed for use in smartphones and tablets bearing the Android and iOS operating system, with the idea of ​​improving the user experience on the touchscreen capabilities of the devices, though the company based in Oslo and founded in 1995, does not rule extend to Windows Mobile development, provided that the latter system Microsoft win some use fee (currently well below those developed by Google and Apple).

Although the Opera desktop browser just fills a 1.26 percent use their mobile version is one of the most used with a 16.94 percent market share.

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