OPERA HAS ANNOUNCED that its gesture-based Coast web browser is now available on the iPhone, following its debut on the iPad last September.
Opera describes Coast as the "web browser that iPhone users deserve" and promises that it will outperform alternatives such as Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari web browsers.
Huib Kleinhour, product manager on the Opera Coast project, said, "Like everyone who owns an iPhone, I've often picked it up when waiting for something or someone. I was never quite happy with how apps and browsers kind of got in the way of the content.
"With Opera Coast, we have made content the main star of the show, letting the browser app itself get out of the way when you just want to kill some time. It's the way the web was meant to be enjoyed."
Unlike its competitors, Opera Coast offers a tile-based layout. Traditional navigation keys are out too, with Opera boasting that the browser can be operated by gestures, with a swipe left taking you one page back in the browser, for example.
"Gestures take care of practically all of the navigation needs, with the rest handled by a bare minimum of conveniently placed buttons," Opera said. "Two, to be exact."
Opera said that as well as functioning differently than rival web browsers, Coast offers improvements in performance. The firm claims that Coast can render websites better for mobile than other browsers, adding that features such as auto-complete for search means it's quicker to use.
"Opera Coast is the first true made-for-touch mobile browser, from the company that pioneered many of the must-have features of the modern web browser," the firm concluded.