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Opera switching to WebKit to modernize its browser on Android and iOS

News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday February 13, 2013.

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Opera boasts that it has more than 300 million users of its browser on multiple platforms, but in order to continue growing and keep up with the changing times, the company will transition to WebKit and Chromium, the engines that power popular browsers like Chrome and Safari.

Opera has traditionally used server-side compression to decrease the size of web content, which lessened the amount of mobile bandwidth used and increased the speed at which websites could be loaded in its browser. However, as technology has improved and the industry has embraced WebKit, the company felt it was time to do the same. Opera says that it will gradually transition to WebKit this year. The browsers on Android and iOS are both based on WebKit, and Opera has to make adjustments to improve performance on those devices that continue to dominate the smartphone industry.

The change should ensure more speed and compatibility in displaying web content on an iPhone or Android device. An early version of the new WebKit-based Opera browser running on Android will be shown at the Mobile World Congress event hosted in Barcelona later this month.

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