Opera has recently created news by announcing a new mobile browser, Opera Touch. Also, this Opera Touch is found quite similar to the company’s experimental Opera Neon desktop browser, thus creating and presenting it as a highly usable package for Android, with an iOS version coming soon.
More on the Opera Touch states that it’s mainly conceived and designed with the idea of putting the user first. This starts with small touches, like putting the tab switcher and getting access to the bookmarks at the bottom of the page, with much ease. Safari users are surely quite familiar with having access to these features at the bottom of the screen, but on the main Android browsers, it’s been oddly absent.
While holding down this “fast action” button also gives easy access to the tabs and a simple tap lets the users quickly start a search or type a URL.
To this, Maciej Kocemba, product manager at Opera, added that “We have moved the browser’s key functions within your thumb’s reach. This means that, unlike in most other browsers, you can more easily browse and search the web when on the move”. Moreover, this browser also comes with Opera’s ad blocker.
Perhaps the most important, though, is that the Opera desktop browser version 52 and Opera Touch can now easily share information with each other without the need for logins and passwords. Users just need to simply scan a QR code from the desktop version with Opera Touch and then it is ready for usage.
Of course, not everything is perfect. One feature which would be definitely missed in Opera Touch is the ability to actually manage bookmarks. Touch automatically fills in the list of most often used sites, but there is no way to pin a bookmark to a specific spot in that list. To be fair, most people probably just type the first few letters of the site they want to go to and that’s fine, but a bit more flexibility here would be recommended.
So users interested in looking at an alternative browser, Opera Touch is definitely worth a try. It works best in combination with the desktop version, but it’s also perfectly fine as a stand-alone mobile browser.