Opera to shift its browsers to WebKit as it moves towards standards compliance


  • Bill Murray

    Fastest browser on Android

  • JC Chong

    So much for Presto engine… now it’s left to the big three layout engines:

    – Trident (IE)
    – Webkit (Apple, Google, etc.)
    – Gecko (Mozilla Firefox)

  • S2556

    Opera is the world’s most popular browser? I have never used it and I have never seen a friend or family member using it. Is it more common in other countries or what?

    • Alphs

      Most popular MOBILE browser.

      If you’ve ever owned a cheap feature phone with data, it probably runs Opera mini.

      It’s also one of the most popular browser on iOS and Android.

    • S2556

      Ahh gotcha thanks alphs

    • BIll Murray

      man, use it….its fast

  • why

    Why Opera why? We don’t need even MORE webkit browsers! Presto is what made you guys unique! How will Opera stay unique now?

    Will this change affect Opera Mini too?

    Firefox and IE now remain the only unique browsers, as everything else is Webkit.

    • deltatux

      Well data compression does keep them unique, no other mobile browser except Internet Explorer Mobile and the browser in BlackBerry have compressed pages. It’ll be a great addition to Android and iOS phones.

      As for the decision to move to WebKit, not too sure I like it either. While I can’t stand Gecko, Presto was alright.

  • Jeremy

    The headline is totally wrong. Opera has always been one of the leaders of standards compliance. Their presto engine was frequently pushing the envelope in HTML5 conformance. This isn’t taking them any closer to standards compliance. Opera has already contributed a fix to WebKit that brings _it_ closer to the standards compliance they have in presto.

    It’s a bit sad that people will now code to “webkit” instead of “HTML5” but at least it’s better than when people coded to “IE6” since it’s open source and all of the companies involved (Apple, Google, soon Opera) and individuals can help make it better.