Opera’s new WebKit-based Android browser released in beta

opera-mainAfter announcing its plans to release WebKit-based browser last month, Opera has now released the beta version of the browser in Google Play. Opera claims that the new browser will be faster than previous version thanks to the switch to WebKit rendering engine, which is also used by Chrome and Android browser. Opera earlier used its own Presto rendering engine.

“Opera’s WebKit-based rendering engine offers a whole new level of site compatibility. The native UI also delivers a superior user experience on your smartphone,” Opera noted.

“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.”


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