Opera's new Touch mobile browser makes one-handed web surfing easy


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While “one-handed web browsing” might sound like a euphemism for a popular internet-based activity, many phone owners would prefer being able to surf the web without requiring both hands, especially while out and about. Step forward Opera and its new Opera Touch browser.

"We have moved the browser’s key functions within your thumb’s reach," said Opera's product manager, Maciej Kocemba. ”This means that, unlike in most other browsers, you can more easily browse and search the web when on the move."

One of Opera Touch’s design elements is the “Fast Action” button at the bottom of the screen that lets users easily access certain features, such as the tabs. Additionally, the browser opens directly into search with the keyboard activated, ready for you to type in a URL or query. It also supports voice search and comes with Opera’s ad blocker and protection against cryptojacking.

Another feature of the Touch browser is a synchronization tool called Opera Flow. It allows users to share information between the Opera desktop browser—version 52 launched today—and the mobile browser. All you have to do is establish a connection by scanning a QR code from the desktop using Opera Touch. While most mobile browsers have some form of syncing tech, Opera says 69 percent of people don’t use the feature as they take too long to set up, preferring instead to email links to themselves.

Once set up, a “Your Flow” section appears in the browsers, letting users send content straight to the other device. It also comes with end-to-end encryption.

Using Flow does require the use of the Opera desktop browser; it’s unclear how many people would be willing to give up market leader Chrome for the feature.

Opera Touch is available from our download section now, while you can get the latest version of the Opera browser for desktop here.

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Starting with a keyboard? Are we still in the era of DOS? Fast Action keys aligned with the center of the screen instead of giving the option to choose between the two corners(right handed-left handed) in the lower part of the screen? Flow is nice. It also helps to gather bookmarks info from millions of users(you don't have to start using Opera in desktop, just load in Opera Chrome/Firefox bookmarks) and then sell them to advertisers. Except if they promise not to do that.