Opera shows off new WebKit-based ‘Ice’ mobile browser

Opera Ice Pocket-Lint

Opera is reportedly preparing a new browser to help it compete on tablets — and it’s turning to the WebKit rendering engine to do it. Pocket-lint has posted video of what it says was an internal presentation held at Opera before this past Christmas. In it, the “next-generation” browser — dubbed Ice — is demonstrated on an iPad. It features a heavy reliance on gestures, with the employee demoing the app using swipes to dive into his browsing history; a carousel view also lets users swipe through different search results when looking for a specific page.

Presto for WebKit

In what’s the biggest change, however, Ice will reportedly drop the Presto engine currently used by Opera browsers in favor of WebKit — the same browser engine…

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