Is this the future of news on the smartphone? Well, the latest version of Opera Coast, the popular browser for iPad and iPhones, has pushed a new update that lets users preview top news from their favourite sources. The new “for you” feature aggregates articles on the homescreen in a “personalized, fast, and customisable news experience”.
“Our goal is to make news so attractive, fast and relevant that Opera Coast users won’t need to use other apps like Apple News, Flipboard, Facebook Notify or Nuzzel to get their daily updates,” says Huib Kleinhout, Product Manager for Opera Coast.
“People already save their favorite sites. We wanted to make a news feed from those favorites more visually appealing and easier to get to with just one tap,” he said how the experience was clearly apps like Snapchat and Instagram.
Opera says the “For you” articles are automatically collected from sites favourited on the Opera Coast. “The feed updates with more news after 10 minutes, or whenever your favorite sites have new stories to share.”
“Many people tend to visit the same news sites over and over again, just to find out there are no interesting updates,” says Kleinhout, adding how the new feature selects the most relevant and popular news and shows it to you in an easy and engaging way.
Opera also launched a new version of the Opera Mini browser for iOS with iOS 9 features including 3D Touch and Peek and Pop support. Opera Mini for iOS also features integrated Spotlight search, which suggests your Speed Dial entries while you type.