Friday, 7 February 2014

Coast browser by Opera

On Thursday 6th Feb we the bloggers in Bangalore were invited for Opera software meetup for Opera’s latest browser “Coast”. It was presented by Coast Team Leader, Huib Kleinhout. Coast is designed keeping Ipads in mind and can be downloaded from Opera’s site or Apple App stores. The first version of this Ipad-Centric browser Coast was launched in September 2013 and then version 2.0 was launched on 17th Dec 2013. Version 2.0 has extra features like wallpaper customization and displaying titles when playing video and audio online.

As it’s only available for Ipads and I don’t own an Ipad, I haven’t got much chance to try hands on it but whatever I could gather during meetup is that it’s touch and feel is really good. It stores Websites as apps on homepage and that really make home page looks cool. Swiping really works very well with browser. There are some really cool features with this browser

  • In Coast home page every website is stored as Apps and is easily customizable and it really makes it look cool. Search is just a drag away on home page.
  • Everything in Coast is accessible with Swipe and no need to press Forward and back button
  • Coast lets you control web pages that are playing media, from the iOS lock screen, as if they were being played in native music players.
  • Coast has next Gen security level, infact it has feature to calculate the Risk related with any site based on website’s certificate and hence user interaction is very less to choose from Yes/No/Continue whenever any security issue comes unlike any other browser.
  • Websites that are playing content will show small animation of a graphic EQ on their icon on Coast's home screen and it really makes it look cool.
  • PDFs can be directly opened in iBooks or your favorite PDF reader and it has good improvement from previous version.

Keeping how apple treats its iOS and doesn’t allow third party browsers to make full use of its resources and hence making those browsers underperform, Coast has really been doing good because of its touch and feel and having some new features that separate it from other Brower’s for Ipads. If you hold an Ipad give it a try

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