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Jan 19, 2013 at 01:33pm IST

Opera reportedly working on 'Ice' mobile browser, expected to be released in February

New Delhi: To compete on smartphones and tablets, Opera Software is reportedly working on a new browser dubbed "Ice". Opera is using the WebKit rendering engine - which is the same browser engine that powers Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome - for this new mobile browser.

Pocket-lint has posted a video of what it says to be an internal presentation that took place at Opera before the past Christmas. In the video, the new browser is demonstrated on an iPad.

The video shows that the browser relies heavily on gestures. An employee demos and uses swipes to dive into the browsing history. "It will ditch all buttons and instead use gestures to control key elements like forwards and backwards," reports Pocket-Lint.

Opera reportedly working on 'Ice' mobile browser

It is a full touch and tablet-focused browser, which relies heavily on gestures.

"This is a full touch and tablet-focused browser," said the product manager in the video.

Expected to be released in February, it is likely to take on Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari browsers.

"Opera mini is great, but it is not a fully-fledged offering like Chrome or Safari. There are too many sites it doesn't work with," Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera, was quoted as saying.