Opera today is releasing a substantial update to its two-and-a-half-year-old Opera Touch mobile browsing app.
Now titled simply “Opera,” the revamped version features a “neater and flatter design” that aims to reflect its lightweight underpinnings and its status as a minimalist app that promises users a fast and secure browsing experience.
The revamp of the user interface in Opera also unveils a neater and flatter design that gives the browser a more refined appearance than before. The new-look replaces the diagonal background pattern, initially introduced into Opera Touch, with flat surfaces and removing shadows on bubbles and other elements.
New icons have been added in the bottom bar and the floating Fast Action button, which users can touch to access a radial menu and swipe through several one-handed actions with their thumb.
The browser also includes a feature called Flow that uses a QR code to securely link the iOS app with the Mac, allowing users to share links, notes, images, files, and other information over a secure and private connection, no logins required.
In addition, Opera comes with a built-in Ethereum wallet, built-in ad blocking, and protection against disguised online cryptocurrency mining, or “cryptojacking”.
Opera says its iOS user base increased by over 65% in the 12 months to February, and believes that the growth has been partly thanks to Apple’s decision to let users choose a default browser in iOS 14.