Opera Launching The New “Ice” Browser


The new browser called “Ice” is being developed by Opera. Opera revealed this in the CES 2013 that the new browser will be availaible for both iOS and Android platforms which will be called “Opera Ice”. It is said that the browser will be focusing on presenting rich applications .

“This is a full touch and tablet focused browser. Most are taking a PC browser and squishing it into a tablet, or they are taking a mobile browser and blowing it up to fill the space.” the project manager of “Opera Ice”.

Opera wants to hide as much as possible by allowing the users to engage with the website using certain gestures . Instead of forward and backward buttons it will be replaced by icons on the homepage. To open a page users 1) Type in url or 2) Search on the inbuilt search function. To bookmark , tap a part of the screen and drag it to home screen.

“We need to go into a new phase , we need to lift our games on certain areas to ensure we continue to grow. We need to focus on getting strong products out on iOS and Android. These are the two leading platforms we will focus on.” – Lars Boilsen, CEO of Opera.

That said “Ice” may arrive later for Windows Phone in the future when the sales of Windows Phone are significant.

As for the Opera Mini, the CEO says “Mini is super important, it needs to be a platform where we create users and then migrate those users to over to our smartphone products.”

Opera is planning to launch the desktop version of Ice in March.

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