Opera Software is set to use Opera Coast for iOS to take on Apple News. The company has updated the web browser to the latest version that brings a new way to preview top news.
The updated Opera Coast has a ‘For you’ feature that aggregates articles directly from the sites that you like the most. Apart from aggregating articles, it combines all your favourite sites into one tile on your home screen to deliver you a faster and customisable news reading experience right from Opera Coast. “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,” said Huib Kleinhout, Product Manager for Opera Coast, in a press note.
Kleinhout says that Opera “drew inspiration” from apps such as Snapchat and Instagram to deliver latest news and updates from the web in a completely new way. This shows that the company is nowhere taking Google’s Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox into consideration for enhancing Opera Coast that it launched as its iOS-exclusive web browser back in April last year.
“Many people tend to visit the same news sites over and over again, just to find out there are no interesting updates,” says Kleinhout. “‘For you’ selects the most relevant and popular news for you and shows it to you in an easy and engaging way.”
The new feature automatically starts collecting new articles from all your favourite sites on Opera Coast home screen. Thereafter, it provides push notifications when the content is updated. All this makes it easy to get the updates in a real time. Furthermore, the update brings 3D Touch support to let you peek and pop your home screen tiles to get a preview of all the latest news from a particular site without accessing the site on a full-screen mode.
Although details about the content partners through ‘For you’ feature are not revealed, it is likely to have all the news publishers that were initially serving news content through Apple News. These might include BBC News, CNN, ESPN and Wired among others.
Opera has additionally updated Opera Mini for iOS with 3D Touch support to deliver an improved experience on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. You can access all your Speed Dial entries directly by hard pressing Opera Mini icon on your home screen. This works similar to the updated Chrome for iOS that recently got 3D Touch support.