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We first heard of Opera's intentions to switch to WebKit back in January, following the release of a leaked internal video which made mention of the 'Ice' browser. Today, Opera has confirmed the move in a statement which also pins their user base now at 300 million. Whatever 'Ice' turns out to be will have to wait, but Opera's new browser for Android will be on show for the first time at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a couple of weeks. 

That's not to say that 'Ice' isn't real though, Opera has confirmed its existence as one a series of R&D projects: 

Opera is also experimenting with WebKit in several research and development projects, and many of you got a peek of one of them, codenamed ‘ICE’, last month. As a leading innovator in browsers, we are very excited that ICE received such great buzz. We will provide more information about ICE and other exciting R&D projects in the future, but as we are also really proud of our new browser on Android and our Opera Web Pass operator offering, those products will be the main focus at MWC

In addition to WebKit, Opera also intends to make use of the Chromium Project too in future releases of its browsers for both computers and mobile devices. Of course, we'll be on the ground in Barcelona as everything unfolds starting in little under 2 weeks. 

Source: Opera

 
There are 7 comments

wow... I didn't even know Opera was available on Android.

abtxpress says:

Has been for 3 years.

dubdays says:

Don't worry...you can come out from under that rock now. :)

Tuhgrr says:

As someone still sporting Android 2.3, I'm a big fan of Opera for mobile.

icebike says:

Hope they don't totally switch over to webkit. Mono-cultures aren't a good thing in browsers, and dropping the Presto engine isn't good for the web as a whole.
Even Mozilla agrees with that.

asd216 says:

The lack of WebKit is what kept me from using Opera. It looks nice but WebKit is big part of mobile browsing. So in excited to see what they do. Wondering if they are doing a complete redesign?

BobJones19 says:

The more people that use Opera the better it will be. So everyone use it.