Opera has been continuously working towards making web browsing easier. Back in April, the company launched Opera Touch browser with a slick and intuitive interface to make one-handed use easier. Today, the Opera Touch browser support has been extended to iOS platform as well, and it is now available for iPhones. The clever interface makes it easier to use compared to other mobile browsers. The app has also been optimized to offer seamless connectivity with Opera PC browser. I had a chance to use the browser ahead of its official release on iOS, and here are some of its interesting features.
As mentioned, the mobile browser is built around convenience and one-handed use. The moment you open the browser, the home screen has an address bar where you can quickly type the URL, or make a search query. Below the address bar, you have the recently visited sites, both from the mobile and PC browser (in case you have connected it, and I would recommend doing that).
When you’re on a website, scrolling up will reveal a circular “Fast Action Button” in hamburger menu style. Pressing your thumb on this button will give you instant access to browser navigation options, such as back, new tab, refresh, and direct access to instant search (using text or voice). You also get quick access to recent tabs.
When on the tabs menu, you can swipe from right to left to close the tab, or swipe from left to right send it to Flow, a feature that I’ll talk about next.
Seamless connectivity with Flow
Flow is an interesting feature that works similar to “Handoff” feature for Mac and iOS. It is basically an Opera PC Browser companion that is end-to-end encrypted, allowing you to push websites from your phone to desktop, and vice versa. Like, there are times when you are browsing on the internet and find something interesting, maybe an article, a photo, or even a video.
You can also share notes with yourself. For instance, there are times when I’m surfing and come across something like a deal on smartphone, or holiday packages, or even a mobile tariff plan that I would want to check out later. And then there are times when in the middle of my work, people tell me some things – like my mom would tell me to do a mobile recharge or pay some bills, that I may forget later.
These are some of the little things, but having this handy feature does make life easier. Of course, you need to have Opera PC browser installed on your Mac or Windows PC, and the Opera Touch browser on your Android and iOS device. On the app, swipe from left to right on home screen to access flow. Similarly, on the PC browser, there is an arrow icon on the side panel.
These are some of the little things, but having this handy feature could make life easier. Of course, you need to have Opera PC browser installed on your Mac or Windows PC, and the Opera Touch browser on your Android and iOS device. On the app, swipe from left to right on the home screen to access flow. Similarly, on the PC browser, there is an arrow icon on the side panel.
Just click on connect phone which will display a QR code, just use your phone’s camera to scan the code and connect. Next, whenever you send a note or share a link on Flow, you will get a notification about the same on your phone, and you can then access it from anywhere, at any time.
Built-in ad blocker and cryptocurrency mining protection
Let’s admit, those pesky ads on websites are annoying, and they ruin your reading experience. With the ad blocker turned on, you can disable those ads showing up all over the page, and read what you are really interested in. And with the recent events where cryptojackers mine currencies on PCs and smartphones, the Opera Touch browser will protect your smartphone from such instances.
Sadly, unlike the Android version, the iOS version doesn’t feature dark mode. Also, I would have liked if the browser let me save passwords, bookmarks, and sync it with other devices, just like you do on Google Chrome. But, overall, the Opera Touch is an interesting mobile browser you must try on your iPhone, and also on your Android devices.