WEB BROWSER DEVELOPER Opera Software has released a gesture based web browser for the iPad that it claims is the browser that "should have come with the iPad".
Coast, unlike iPad favourites Safari and Chrome, doesn't offer a traditional browser layout, and instead features a tile-based user interface, reminiscent of mobile apps. Gone are the traditional navigation buttons too, with Opera Coast instead supporting gesture based navigation. For example, swiping back will take you one webpage back in the browser.
Opera boasted, "This is not a mere mobile browser tweak, nor a scaled-down PC browser. It is something new."
That's not all Opera's Coast browser has got going for it. The firm is promising to make the most of the iPad's 9.7in screen real estate and will show webpages almost full screen. It said that users needn't worry about security as it has "invented a lot of technology that works under the hood, keeping users safe and secure".
"I have a background in user experience and am in love with the thoroughly refined iPad, and we wanted to design an app targeting the devices of the future, not the past,” said Huib Kleinhout, head of the Coast project at Opera Software.
"Old conventions are out with Coast: there is no URL field at the top of the screen, no back or forward buttons, no tabs and no bookmarks. Yet, it all flows naturally and blends into the use of the iPad."