Opera today announced a new version of its PC-based web browser, plus a new mobile browser called Opera Touch.
“Today, we are introducing a new type of web experience,” Opera’s Krystian Kolondra says, “one where you can have a continuous flow of your content across all your devices.”
The Opera browser for PCs includes a new feature called Instant Search, which lets users quickly find information online by typing ALT + Space (or accessing a dedicated button in the UI).
But the marquee feature, perhaps, is Flow, which links the PC browser with Opera’s new mobile browser, Opera Touch, so you can share links, images, videos, and notes between the devices without requiring any logins or passwords.
“People invented life hacks because no simple solutions were available,” Opera’s Kocemba explains. “We’ve fixed that. In Opera Touch, setting up the connection between your smartphone and your desktop browser takes only one step.”
That one step is a QR scan: You use Opera Mobile on your phone to scan a code in your desktop Opera browser to establish a link between the two.
Opera Mobile has other interesting features, including its ability to be used one-handed, with navigation and other key browser functions located within the reach of your thumb via a new Fast Action Button. The browser also starts up in Search mode, and it supports voice search and QR and barcode scanning.
Opera Touch is available for free for Android in the Google Play Store today, and it is coming soon to iOS. The desktop Opera browser is available for free for Windows, Linux, and Mac.
<p>bummer they couldn't keep up the VPN.</p>
<p>This new incarnation of Opera looks very interesting, but I am quite hesitant to install it on my LG V30 because the last time I installed an Opera browser on it, it started putting ads on my phone's lockscreen and little icons would pop up on the main screen once in a while, that were actually links to app installers, and I found out that Opera was the culprit for all of this nonsense. Uninstalling the browser did not remove those lockscreen ads either, I had to do a complete reset of the phone to get rid of them. I was NOT happy! So, my question is, does this new browser do the same thing? If it does, I want nothing to do with it. </p>