Developers may have to adapt to browsers that lose features, such as CSS Variables, as Google and Apple part ways in browser development.
Opera Software has revamped its mobile browser for Android using the open-source WebKit engine. Here's a look at an early release with a new Off-road Mode and Discovery feature.
The Norwegian software company plans to throw its weight behind the browser engine used by Google and Apple this year instead of developing its own.
The Norwegian browser maker cut 91 jobs, some through a voluntary severance program, as part of its embrace of the open-source WebKit browser engine also used in Apple Safari and Google Chrome.
With Google concentrating on its own Blink, Apple is tightening the WebKit browser engine code base. That'll limit other projects seeking to customize the browser.
Both Chrome and Safari will move faster when uncoupled from each other, Google argues. But it's not just about technology: Social issues also factored into the schism.
Opera reveals that the radically overhauled browser works on Gingerbread, gets "Off-road Mode" for bad networks, adds a content discovery tool, and will ship in the first half of the year.
Dave Methvin, a leader of the influential jQuery programming tool, says WebKit is plagued with old bugs. He's not optimistic Opera will help improve the browser situation.
Shepherded by Google, the CSS Regions technology that Adobe hopes will improve Web layout has found a home in the WebKit browser engine.
Google, RIM, and HP now use the WebKit-based browser software underlying Safari. Perhaps that heightened interest is why Apple wants the trademark.