Released back in September, Coast by Opera began as an iPad-only Web browser alternative to iOS native Safari. But a recent update has made the app a lot more useful.
Along with changing its name to Opera Coast, the browser is now universal for the iPhone/iPod touch as well. And if you’re looking for a different way to browse the Web, the iPhone version of the app definitely looks interesting.
Here’s a quick promo video. Click here if you can’t see it.
Anchored by a mostly gesture-based interface, Opera Coast on the iPhone starts with a tile-based home page. The visual search feature offers animated text suggestions and a quick transition to Google by swiping down anywhere on the home screen.
Both the iPad and iPhone versions now offer these features:
• “Stuff we like”: suggestions for discovering popular sites from where you are and interesting sites to waste time on (“Stuff we like” is shown in search before you start typing)
• A wider selection of wallpapers, automatically downloaded and refreshed from the Opera add-ons site
• Automatic iCloud syncing of home screen tiles
• New design for context menus (long press in web pages)
• New design for sharing menu in the recent sites
• Improved introduction guide on first start up
Opera Coast can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.
For other app news and reviews today, see: Turn Your iPad Into A Sword With The Bonsai Slice Slicing Game, Pinterest’s Latest iOS Update Adds A New ‘Guided Search’ Feature, and Badland Gets A Big Update Adding New Try-Before-You-Buy Content.