Opera Launches Coast, the Company's New Browser Said to Target Devices of the Future
Opera Software recently released a new WebKit-based web browser for Apple’s iOS platform dubbed “Coast.” The company calls “Coast” the “browser your iPad deserves.” According to Huib Kleinhout, head of the Coast project, Opera designed the new browser to target “the devices of the future, not the past.”
The browser features a primarily gesture-based user interface with minimal application chrome. There isn’t any title bar and the address and search fields are normally hidden from view (but can be revealed by a downward swipe). A small “home” button that returns the user to a desktop Safari-like grid of the user’s most visited websites and a “most recent” button that displays the user’s recent browsing history seem to be the only persistent interface elements. Navigating backward and forward is down by swiping in the appropriate direction.
Unlike previous efforts that Opera has made, the new browser is built atop Apple’s WebKit. Opera previously announced that they would make the switch to Google’s Blink fork of WebKit for desktop browsers but Apple requires all browsers distributed through the iOS App Store to use the company’s built-in rendering engine.
Coast appears to be the final realization of the company’s “Opera Ice” technical demonstration that was revealed earlier this year. At the time, Opera CEO Lars Boilesen was quoted as saying that Opera needs “to focus on getting strong products out on iOS and Android,” though no word has been given regarding Coast making its way to Google’s platform.
Have any of you tried Coast? If so, what do you think of it?