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Today we are happy to announce that Opera Touch now allows you to block annoying cookie dialogs – both on Android and iOS. We would also like to shed some light on the 23 other major improvements we’ve made to our browser based on your feedback since its launch. Keep reading!

Opera Touch blocks annoying cookie dialogs and lets you focus on browsing

The recent introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was intended to provide people with an improved control of their online privacy. However, an unforeseen consequence has been a sharp increase in often complex and confusing attempts from websites to make their visitors’ agree to their privacy practices and policies.

We first released this feature in our Opera for Android browser, and since its reception was overwhelmingly positive and some users even said, “This is the feature that nobody was asking for but everybody needs”, we decided to also introduce it to Opera Touch – both on Android and iOS.

Cookie blocker in Opera Touch iOS

This makes Opera the first major browser allowing people to choose whether they want to see those annoying cookie dialogs or not.

Cleaner web browsing with cookie dialog blocker

Enabling the cookie dialog blocker removes the cookie alert dialogs that may appear as you browse. This means your daily browsing with Touch will become cleaner and neater. We simply want you to be able to focus on the content you are interested in, not on tapping through numerous prompts before you can even access a website.

The cookie dialog blocker in Opera will allow users to block dialog attempts using a combination of CSS rules and JavaScript heuristics. The feature has been tested on more than 15,000 of the Web’s most popular websites. The feature is under continuous development so we will add support for more in the near future.

24 improvements to Opera Touch since launch

Now let’s talk about progress, an idea we pride ourselves on at Opera. Like all things, it’s been a process, but we’ve introduced 24 major updates since the initial launch of Opera Touch for Android in April 2018 and for iOS in October 2018.

Your suggestions are what inspire us and help shape Opera Touch. Put plain and simple: we love to hear your opinions on how we can make browsing easier for you.

Opera Touch is a fast, lightweight browser which has won the Red Dot Communication Design Award for its unique user interface design. It also seamlessly pairs with the desktop browser through the “My Flow” feature.

List of key changes

Here’s a highlight of the changes that we’ve introduced.

1. Connect more devices to My Flow

Add more devices to Flow

Add more computers, tablets and phones to your My Flow to share notes, links and images between them.

2. Private Mode

Because sometimes you want to keep your browsing under the radar. Private mode, also known as “incognito mode”, is a feature that creates a separate session for browsing, one that doesn’t appear in your browser’s history. In addition, all data stored during that session – for example, cookies – can be wiped out.

3. Dark Theme

Some users prefer to browse the Web using a dark theme. It’s a personal preference but we are giving you a choice.

4. Cookie dialog blocker

We’re giving you the possibility to block annoying cookie prompts so you can enjoy a better browsing experience.

5. Configurable search engines

You can now choose from a diverse selection of 11 search engines including Google, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Qwant and others.

6. iPad support

We have optimized the UI for iPad. You now have the option to move the Fast Action Button (FAB) so it stays within your thumb’s reach.

7. Starred pages on Home Screen

Pin your favorite pages and keep them close.

8. Find in Page 

It’s a small but very convenient function which allows you to search for key identifying words or phrases on a page.

9. Page translation

So you’re sure you got that information right – in any language.

10. Search available in the context menu

Highlight a word on a page simply by tapping it and holding it down. This options lets you perform a search based on the highlighted word instead of cumbersome copy-pasting.

11. Ad blocker improvements

Our ad blocker is now better at blocking annoyances on the Web.

12. Easier way to open a tab in the background/ foreground

We have introduced an easier way to view and cycle through tabs by adding a foreground list of Tabs while still retaining the cycling feature in the background.

13. Ability to download images and search Google for an image

You now have a direct download option while accessing toggleable images, as well as being able to search solely for Google images.

14. Request the desktop version of a page

Annoyed by websites automatically switching to “mobile versions”? Choose between Desktop or Mobile site-view.

15. Clear history from the 3-dots menu

You now have faster access to history cleanup.

16. Add pages to the system’s home screen on Android

Some pages deserve to be right on your phone’s home screen. Now you can add pages to your system’s home screen on Android by simply going to *Three Dot Menu* > Add To Home Screen.

17. Fast Action Button (FAB) available in tabs view

18. Improvements to Fast Action Button (FAB)

Improvements including tab preview – Multiple tweaks were made to the way in which FAB works. The Tab preview is the most visible one which makes switching between tabs more efficient.

19. Autocomplete arrow in search suggestions

Tap preemptive search suggestions so you can finish your query faster with less typing.

20. Back button improvements

We’ve listened to your suggestions about the ways to make the “back button” better, so we are now introducing a new version.

21. Improvements to the initial user experience, navigation and configuration

22. Visual improvements

Functions and options are ascribed to utility, but Opera Touch should also be visually poignant, allowing users to have a linear continuity in terms of aesthetic design. To point this out, we´ve added nicer animations along with better screen transitions and refined graphics.

23. Stability and Performance improvements

This is not a feature, but an equally important aspect which we maintain. Cleaner programming allows for a better user experience; we also mitigated bug issues and improved reliability.  

24. Reduced package size

Finally, we’ve reduced the download size of the package so it’s more palpable for those with storage issues, emphasizing the lightweight nature of our browser.

Red Dot in Communication Design Award

On another note, we now have solid proof that Opera Touch, one of the smallest and fastest browsers around, is also the best designed one. We won the Red Dot in Communication Design award back in October and soon we’ll share some more news about a further award we’ve secured.

Become a beta tester to stay ahead of others

Our wheels are ever-turning and there’s still much more to come! However, you shouldn’t feel left out. To get the latest app builds before they become official, you can partake in our BETA channels. We are looking forward to your feedback! Opera Touch BETA for Android, Opera Touch BETA for iOS.

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Maciej Kocemba

Product Manager of Opera Touch for Android and iOS. Previously Product Manager of Opera for computers, secret projects in R&D department and Opera Mini for iOS. Joined Opera over 12 years ago. Still passionate about coding, mountain / road biking when not working.

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