Opera Software ASA, an industry leader in the development of Web browsers for the desktop, device and mobile markets will be introducing a totally new mobile browser in February, the new browser will drop the current interface found in Opera Mini & Opera Mobile in favor of a revolutionary of touch screen gestures and rich internet applications.
Opera “Ice” will be based on the Webkit rendering engine used in most browsers including Google Chomr & Safari essentially ditching their in house Presto in the process. That signals Opera’s intent to remain relevant in a changing browser market, as does Opera Ice’s unique control scheme and user interface. Most of the classic Opera-like interface elements are gone, that includes the tabs which will be replaced by a new home screen with page icons and a single combined search and address bar. The browser will also adopt the concept of ‘Chrome Apps‘ which will basically allow it to use rich internet applications.
Opera’s CEO Lars Boilesen’s approach is as simple as no buttons, no menus, just a pure visual experience. The reason for the move is that, while the CEO believes Opera mini is good, it has its drawbacks compared to other browsers on the market – “Opera mini is great, but it is not a fully-fledged offering like Chrome or Safari. There are too many sites it doesn’t work with.”