New Opera Touch browser designed for one-handed use

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Opera Touch
Maciej Kocemba, Opera Touch product manager, demonstrates how easily this mobile browser does a search.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Opera Touch web browser tries to solve one problem: people want to use their phone one-handed, but searching the Web takes both hands. The whole focus of this just released app is one-handed searching and browsing.

Also announced today was Opera Flow, a simple method for synchronizing the new mobile browser with this company’s desktop one.

Opera Touch starts in search mode, with the keyboard up and the address bar cursor blinking.  “People want to quickly find a thing online and move on with their lives. That’s why we’ve reduced the number of steps before they can start their search to zero,” said Maciej Kocemba, product manager at Opera.

Opera Touch also supports voice search. Plus, it lets you scan QR and barcodes to get product information when shopping.

In addition, the browser features a Fast Action Button at the bottom of the screen. This is always available, and allows the user to navigate through all of the browser’s features with just their thumb.

Opera Touch includes Opera Flow

All that’s required to sync the Opera Touch mobile browser with Opera on a Mac or Windows PC is scan a QR code on the desktop browser with your phone.

The connection, dubbed Opera Flow, allows the user to share links, images, videos or notes with themselves.

Opera Touch is a free application available now for Android on Google Play. It will be coming to the iOS App Store as soon as Apple approves it. 

The updated desktop version of Opera for Mac, Windows, or Linux is already available.

Video of Opera Software’s launch event for this new browser is available: