Opera Touch Launches on iPhone

Posted on October 2, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in iOS with 3 Comments

Six months after its release on Android, Opera’s forward-leaning Opera Touch web browser is available on iPhone.

“Opera Touch for iOS is our brand new browser and we’re taking a bold step with it: To challenge Safari’s dominance on iPhones,” a representative from Opera told me. “Unlike on any other platform, one iOS one browser rules it all with a 95 percent [usage] share. Well, we want to challenge this with Opera Touch.”

To that end, Opera Touch provides an aesthetically beautiful experience that the firm says mates nicely with Apple’s most recent iPhones. Plus the browser is fast and light, the firm claims, and it starts in a search mode so you can get started more quickly. Opera Touch also provides a built-in ad blocker and cryptojacking protection.

But the marquee feature, as on Android, is something called Flow that lets users more easily share links, images, videos or notes with themselves.

“Flow is available both in Opera Touch and in the Opera computer browser,” Opera explains. “It doesn’t require any logins or passwords You simply scan a QR code displayed on your Opera desktop browser’s screen with Opera Touch and you’re good to go.”

You can download Opera Touch for free from the Apple Apps Store.

 

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Comments (3)

3 responses to “Opera Touch Launches on iPhone”

  1. jbinaz

    I'm surprised that Safari has 95% usage on iOS. I figured more than 5% would have installed Chrome.

    • IanYates82

      In reply to jbinaz:

      Does Apple still force safari to be the default browser though? So if you click a link in an sms then you're forced over to safari to view it anyway? Last I tried on my ipad when mucking around to read qr codes, I could specifically set the reader software to launch Chrome but that was a feature of that software, and only for Chrome browser.. Most developers of apps wouldn't include such a function, and if they did, it'd probably just be Chrome unfortunately.

      I suspect that safari drfault would account for a huge chunk of usage.

  2. PeterC

    Good stuff - lets give it a whirl

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