Opera ditches WebKit for Google's Blink

Norwegian browser maker Opera is following the lead of Google Inc. and ditching WebKit in favor of Google's new Blink rendering engine, a tech site reported over the weekend.

Opera is going with the Chromium package for its browsers for both desktop and mobile, according to a report by The Next Web.

“When we announced the move away from Presto, we announced that we are going with the Chromium package, and the forking and name change have little practical influence on the Opera browsers. So yes, your understanding is correct,” an Opera spokesperson told TNW.

TNW cited an earlier interview with Opera CTO Hakon Wium Lie indicating Opera has some 300 million users.

Blink, Google's new rendering engine, is open-source, and aims to take advantage of new technologies.

The Next Web said that with both Google's Chrome and Opera on board with Blink, other browser vendors may eventually choose to adopt it as well.

Also, TNW said Opera had talked last February about how it would commit to Chromium.

"By adopting it, Opera was making the decision to stop development of its own rendering engine in order to free up resources to develop new features and build new products," it said.

It added this is a big win for Google as Opera is considered a big player in mobile.

With Opera's switch to Blink, it said developers of mobile sites "won’t have much of a choice but to ensure they work with multiple rendering engines."

"Many sites mainly target WebKit exclusively, but given that Blink will be a fork of WebKit, supporting it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle," it said. — TJD, GMA News

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