Opera Touch is Renamed to Opera on iOS

Posted on March 22, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Mobile, Web browsers with 3 Comments

Three years after its initial release, the Opera Touch mobile web browser is being rebranded to Opera, but only on the iPhone.

“Starting today, Opera Touch becomes Opera on iOS,” Opera’s Alejandro Viquez writes. “Now more than ever, people need a unified browsing experience that logically connects all their platforms—iOS, Android, PCs, and laptops. Opera does exactly that, providing iOS users with a faster, safer, and more integrated browsing experience on all devices.”

Opera Touch first launched on Android in April 2018, with the iPhone version arriving about six months later. It was originally designed as a “new kind of web experience” specifically designed for mobile, but it has been offered alongside a separate mobile browser called Opera Browser on Android. Meanwhile, Opera Touch has been the only mobile browser from Opera on the iPhone. So starting today, it has been renamed to the simpler Opera.

There are some small visual changes, but I don’t believe Opera for iOS has any new features.

As for Android, it appears that Opera will continue to offer both Opera Touch and Opera Browser.

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Comments (3)

3 responses to “Opera Touch is Renamed to Opera on iOS”

  1. mikegalos

    And both people using it will have trouble finding it with the new name. Hopefully they won't change the icon.

  2. nischi

    I hope it will start syncing tabs now.. which for some reason was excluded for opera touch on iOS.

  3. dftf

    On Android, Opera have three browsers currently: "Opera", "Opera Mini" and "Opera Touch". If you turn-on "Extreme Data Savings Mode" in the full-fat "Opera" browser, then it is essentially the same then as "Opera Mini". And the "Touch" interface from that version could surely just be made an option inside the main one?

    Similarly with Firefox: is there a need for "Firefox Focus"? All it essentially does is run in a "Private-only mode" where everything goes once you close it. Why not just make this a setting in the regular Firefox (given you can do this in the Desktop version)?

    In-terms of downloads, regular Firefox has "100 million +", whereas Focus has just "5 million +", so barely anyone seems to be using it, in comparison. Likewise, Opera Touch has "10 million +", which is nowhere near the "100 million +" the full Opera boasts... BUT Opera Mini has "500 million +" downloads! (Which I'd say is likely because of name-recognition: many feature-phones come with Opera Mini preinstalled -- think Series 40 Nokias -- so people go-with-what-they're-used-to).